Will any Indian-origin candidate win a seat in Victorian state elections?

The Victorian state elections will be held on 26 November 2022 with a record 740 candidates contesting the 88 Legislative Assembly seats and 454 candidates in the Legislative Council seats. 

The Victorian state elections will be held on 26 November 2022 with a record 740 candidates contesting the 88 Legislative Assembly seats and 454 candidates in the Legislative Council seats. 

The postal voting to elect the 60th Parliament of Victoria began on 2 November 2022. Voters are also able to vote You can vote at early voting centres between Monday 14 November and Friday 25 November.

Victorian Labor led by Premier Daniel Andrews is seeking a third successive term. While the Victorian Liberal Party under Mat Guy hopes to break Labor’s lucky streak and form the government.

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To lure Indian-origin voters, Premier Daniel Andrews has promised $10 million for Indian community projects, including a new community centre in the west. While the Liberal leader Mathew Guy has promised to give an annual $150,000 grant for the Dusshera celebration festival at Sri Durga Temple in Melbourne’s west.

Apart from promising funds for the Indian community, major Australian political parties have also fielded Indian-origin candidates.

There are 18 Indian-origin candidates contesting this year’s Legislative Assembly state election on Liberal and Greens, and also as independents.

Liberal Party:
Preet Singh – Tarneit
Raja Reddy – Laverton
Sahil Tomar – Bundoora
Bikram Singh – Kalkallo
Gurdawar Singh – Thomastown
George Palackalody – Melbourne
Labor Party:
Mannie Kaur Verma – Rowville
Kiran Vempati – Cranbourne
Shamsher Khan – Point Cook
Deepak Joshi – Warrandyte
Sanjeev Sablhok – Bulleen
Smiley Sandhu – Kalkallo
Gurneet Soni – Laverton
Jasleen Kaur – Melton
Rajvir Singh Sagoo – Pakenham
Rakhi P. Chaudhary – Point Cook
Shwetali Sawant – Point Cook
Rushi Vijaykumar Patel – Sunbury
Jaydeep Patel – Tarneit
Prashant Tandon – Werribee
List of Indian-origin candidates in the Victorian Legislative Assembly elections 2022.

There are 34 Indian-origin candidates contesting this year’s Legislative Council election on Liberal, Labor, Greens, New Democrats, and also as independents.

New Democrats
Srilakshmi Ajjampura – Eastern Victoria
Komalben Darji – Eastern Victoria
Namrata Shah – Eastern Victoria
Darshan Lal – North Eastern Metropolitan
Pushpdeep Singh – North Eastern Metropolitan
Rajat Garg – North Eastern Metropolitan
Vikram Bhinder – Northern Metropolitan
Amita Ros – Northern Metropolitan
Pushpinder Singh – Northern Metropolitan
Brijesh Chopra – Northern Victoria
Kuldeep Der – Northern Victoria
Erin Sharma – Northern Victoria
Ravinder Rana – Northern Victoria
Bhaveshkumar Lakhatariya – South Eastern Metropolitan
Bhavika Patel – South Eastern Metropolitan
Satinder Singh – South Eastern Metropolitan
Nilam Panchal – South Eastern Metropolitan
Krishna Brahmbhatt – Southern Metropolitan
Jigarkumar Chaudhary – Southern Metropolitan
Ravinder Marwaha – Southern Metropolitan
Kaushaliya Vaghela – Western Metropolitan
Arix Bishnoi – Western Metropolitan
Yogesh Malhotra – Western Metropolitan
Anitha Palkuri – Western Metropolitan
Mohammed Shaik – Western Metropolitan
Hardik Dave – Western Victoria
Jaymik Patel – Western Victoria
Vijaykumar Kachhia – Western Victoria
Nildhara Gadani – North Eastern Metropolitan
Manjunatha Hanumantharayappa – South Eastern Metropolitan
Manish Patel – Western Metropolitan
Justice Party
Mohit Dwivedi – South Eastern Metropolitan
United Australia Party
Jatinder Singh – South Eastern Metropolitan
Deepak Bansal – Western Metropolitan
List of Indian-origin candidates in the Victorian Legislative Council elections 2022.

Kaushaliya Vaghela, the first Indian-born Member of Parliament (Western Metropolitan) in the Victorian Parliament, has recently parted ways from Labor to form New Democrats.

Vaghela’s party has fielded the maximum number of Indian-origin candidates in the Legislative Council seats.

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A similar major push to attract Indian-origin voters during the 2022 Federal Elections. According to the advocacy group Centre of Multicultural Political Engagement, Literacy and Leadership, the Liberal party ran the highest number of candidates of colour in the May 2022 federal election.

However, out of the 26 Indian-origin candidates fielded by the major political parties, only one – Zaneta Mascarenhas (Labor, Western Australia) – was able to win in the Federal elections.

It would be interesting to see how many Indian-origin candidates will be able to win either the Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council seat in the Victorian elections!

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