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DAV college alumnus becomes member of Australian Capital Territory Parliament

July 21, 2019 07:07 AM

COURTESY TOI JULY 21

DAV college alumnus becomes member of Australian Capital Territory Parliament
TIMES NEWS NETWORK

Chandigarh:

Deepak-Raj Gupta of Chandigarh made history by becoming the first city lad to be elected in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Parliament.


He will be sworn in on July

30. Appointment of Deepak-Raj as the MLA from Gungahlin constituency, Canberra’s fourth ‘town’ by the ACT chief minister is another feather in the cap for the Indian-Australian community in Australia.

“I am very proud of Labor's culture and values. It is an honour to be the first Australian-Indian origin MLA from The Labor Party in the ACT,” said Deepak-Raj Gupta. Interestingly, he will take an oath while holding Bhagavat Gita as allowed by the Australian government, claimed his Chandigarh-based brother retired Colonel Ajay Raj Gupta.

An alumnus of DAV College Chandigarh, Deepak did his schooling from Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, Chandigarh in 1983. He migrated to Australia in 1989 and was involved in several community initiatives. He was born in Agra and brought up in Chandigarh.

Deepak-Raj has now paved the way for people of Indian origin to be actively involved in Australian politics, said Ajay Raj Gupta. This will also help the Indian-Australian communities come closer as a partner in trade, investment, tourism, science and technology, he added. Previously Deepak-Raj held the position of president of the Australia India Business Council (AIBC) ACT chapter and for years and was a member of the AIBC National Executive Board of Directors.

Deepak-Raj is a passionate advocate of the ACT’s multicultural community and has helped organize several popular multicultural programmes each year in the annual National Multicultural Festival. In October 2015, he was awarded the Community Service Excellence Award and Business Awards in Sydney. The award was in recognition of his work in promoting multicultural harmony, mutual respect and understanding among the ACT’s diverse communities.

In 2012, he was also awarded the ACT Community Advocate Award by the ACT Government. He has also represented the ACT in various international delegations to promote ACT products and services to overseas markets.

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