A BUSINESSMAN who has fought for the rights of Indian people living in England is set of become the first chairman of a new branch of major political party the Indian National Congress (INC).
The political group, which is one of the biggest in India, currently has two Non Resident of India (NRI) branches, and is now setting up a third for the East of England.
Eric Masih, who lives in Kempston and runs his own estate agency in Bedford, has been chosen as the chairman of the group.
A ceremony is set to be held this weekend where press in India and members of Congress will be visiting Bedford to inaugurate Eric.
He said: “I have a background with working with Indian people who live in England. There are often a lot of issues that they have to deal with when they go back to India, so I help them with that,
“I belong to quite a few Asian groups, including, the Asian Business Association and the British Asian Christian Council, so because of my background I was approached by the party and asked to be the chairman of the branch.”
Congress is one of the two major political parties in India, the other being the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). It is the largest and one of the oldest democratic political parties in the world.
Eric added: “There are currently only two NRI branches in England in London and the West Midlands, so there was never anywhere for people in this area to go.
“There is a large Asian community in the East of England, so I think it’s really great that we are setting up a branch here. It’s going to give people in this area somewhere to go locally if they have any issues.”
After Eric’s inauguration ceremony he will work on putting together a committee and chairing the new branch.
A special meeting is set to take place on Saturday where he will be welcomed as the new chairman and the first meeting of the branch will take place.
He added: “I’m really looking forward to taking on the role. It’s going to be a busy time for me because I run my own business, but I think it’s great we will have a local branch.”