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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 107

Ritesh Tandon Vs Ro Khanna: Who is winning in CA17?

The election of Ro Khanna in 2018, was supported by some leading Hindu Americans in CA17 district of California. The trust of the Hindu American community on his abilities went far beyond the trust of his principal opponent Ron Cohen in 2018.

Ron Cohen couldn’t match the financial strength and community support of Ro Khanna. Major corporations and wealthy individuals propelled him to victory in 2016 and then again in 2018.

According to the East Bay Times, Khanna won with a campaign platform focused on “moving the Democratic Party to a more progressive stance.”

What was that progressive stance? Ro Khanna served on the board of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte between 2003 and 2012. Planned Parenthood is clearly not a pro life organization. They run 30 centers in Mid California and Nevada. This organization supports abortion and other allied health services to women. Most Hindus, Catholics, Christians and Jews are all pro-life. Especially in Hinduism and Buddhism, all life is sacred. The same values are shared by Catholics and Christians. Pro-life is the biggest moral platform for most spiritual and ethical citizens across the American society. Ro is currently a member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (Capac) whose most members come with conservative values aligned to their faith.

Under Ro Khanna, no Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) ever got a fair representation in the US Congress over Pay equality, Human Rights and justice.

Ro Khanna received support from Facebook, Google, Yahoo, and some other media giants who are known to de-platform conservatives and suffocate the voices of many American citizens. Large corporations supported Ro Khanna to ensure that they were never questioned by ordinary American citizens. In fact, the Democratic Party under Bernie Sanders is currently campaigning for higher taxes on large corporations.

It remains to be seen if the same corporations that supported Ro Khanna in 2016 and 2018 will support a candidate that proposes higher taxes on them.

The biggest help to Bay Area manufacturing came due to Federal tax incentives and Make in USA policies of Federal Administration since 2016.

Ro Khanna is the First Vice-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) which among other things proposes higher taxes on Upper Middle Class and Upper-Class households. And among others, CPC aims to abolish the Patriot Act which has provided security to most Americans since 9/11.

Many residents of Bay Area have who have earned their wealth through their hard work stand to lose significantly with Ro’s socialistic policies.

Ro Khanna is also a member of Justice Democrats PAC whose main ideology is to remove all corporate-backed candidates. My suggestion to Saikat Chakravarty is to remove Ro Khanna first because he has been the biggest receiver of support from large corporates in the Bay Area.

Amongst other things, Justice Democrats PAC wants to abolish the National Security Agency (NSA) and increase funding of Planned Parenthood using American taxpayers' money. They also oppose Executive Order 13780, titled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States. All Of Us and Brand New Congress PACs have merged with Justice Democrats to form a very powerful PAC. One of the stated goals of this PAC is to introduce a left-wing populist movement to influence future and current democrats. is also affiliated with this PAC through its fundraiser Zack Exley. Combining capital gains taxes and estate taxes is another goal of this PAC.

Premala Jayapal and Ilhan Omar are other members of this PAC which is supported by Bernie Sanders campaign. Ro Khanna has been a member of this PAC since May 9, 2017.

On social grounds, Ro Khanna has abandoned core issues of his principal constituency. He has openly supported religion-inspired Pakistani terror against Hindus in Kashmir.

Most Hindu Americans have moved away from him and have questioned him on his betrayal.

To summarize, Ro Khanna stands for

• Higher taxes in CA17

• Promoting Corporate greed

• Disloyalty to his principal Hindu American supporters

• Terrorism in USA by opposing Laws that protect Americans

• Socialistic policies of the forced division of wealth through regressive taxation policies

• Uncontrolled immigration

• Ultra Left-leaning politics

• Opposition to Racial Equality through Prop16

To summarize, Ro Khanna stands against

• Freedom of speech by supporting corporations that deplatformize views of American citizens

• Rights of Asian American Pacific Islander Community

• Rights of hardworking immigrants from Asia

It is really up to voters to decide if they really want to elect him as their representative. CA17 Bay Area needs a progressive candidate that values life, family, and upholds the moral values of the community.

Also, CA 17 needs a representative that allows all immigrants to realize their American Dream. We do have a better alternative now in Ritesh Tandon from CA 17 who is supported by all residents from that district.

Ritesh Tandon is winning and this will be the biggest upset for Democrats in the Nov 2020 elections.

- Asian Tribune -

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