Obama victory sparks cheers in city

Obama victory sparks cheers in city

New Delhi: Hundreds of jubilant Barack Obama fans erupted into chants of ’Oba ma, Oba ma’ as the Democrat became the first African-American President-elect of the United States, scripting history with his landslide win over Republican John McCain.

Supporters, who gathered here at the American Centre in the city, hugged each other with delight as the news of the 47-year-old’s victory was flashed by television news channels.

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7f5f8172-ab39-11dd-9bdc-000b5dabf613.flvMany Obama fans hailed his election as a vote for racial equality and hoped that his becoming president would herald an era of ’less confrontational’ America.

Surat Singh, who said he had studied with Obama at the Harvard University from 1988 to 1990, was sure that the "genius" will win the race for the White House.

"Unlike other students, he was more interested in discussing world politics. He used to mingle with students from Asia and other parts of the world, unlike other students from the US," Singh, 48, said "His election is a defining moment in US history. It is an important turning point in world politics. I think his victory could overcome centuries of racial divide in American society," said Saurav Das, a student of Delhi University, who was at the American Centre here to see the live TV coverage of the polls.

The American Centre was specially decorated and around 300 people including school children were invited to witness the election results and subsequent celebrations on TV.

Giant video screens were put up at the Centre and tuned to various news channels including CNN and BBC. Each time Obama’s win was projected in a state, a loud cheer erupted.

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