NRI minorities denounce California Congressman Ami Bera

Congressman Ami Bera (D-Elk Grove) the only NRI serving in the US Congress, is about to renew his oath of office. However, NRI minorities repeatedly denounced the California representative for his relationship with PM Narendra Modi, and for his staunch refusal to join other local representatives in acknowledging the 1984 genocide of Sikhs. Bera's campaign was overshadowed by his refusal to answer questions from the local Sikh community and in September 2014 the American Sikh Political Action Committee formally withdrew their support from the congressman. Bera also faced the fury of NRI minorities for appearing alongside PM Modi in September in New York City. A week before the election activists staged a protest outside Bera's office in Rancho Cordova, a suburb of Sacramento, California, where they chanted slogans and distributed anti- Bera flyers. The Founding Director of the US human rights group Organisation for Minorities of India, pledged they will not allow the public to forget that Bera turns a blind eye to the massacres of Christians, Muslims, and Sikhs, and actually partners with the architects of genocide. Bera during an interview with media said "There is no question the 1984 riots were a terrible tragedy that should never be repeated. Communal violence is intolerable, and India and all countries including the US, must respect religious diversity". Some experts say Bera is returning to Congress without a mandate from his constituency and they hope this foreshadows him being unseated in 2016.