A record number of Indian-origin candidates will contest local council elections next month in Victoria, home to Australia's largest Indian population. According to official figures,\u00a0Victorian Electoral Commission received total\u00a0nominations from\u00a02,135 candidates for 637 councillor posts\u00a0across 78 councils in the state. In the upcoming elections, over 50 Indian-origin candidates will contest the election, the largest representation by the community for the first time. Whyndam city council, the western region of the state, recorded the highest number of\u00a0over\u00a014\u00a0Indian-origin candidates as compared to other councils. Whyndam, which had\u00a0elected its\u00a0first two Indian origin\u00a0councillors in 2012, Gautam Gupta and Intaj Khan, received the highest nominations of total 95 candidates including of\u00a0Indian background. Gupta, councillor and\u00a0the first Indian-origin\u00a0acting mayor of Whyndam, stressed that for any community to have representation in Australia politics\u00a0was imperative in a bid\u00a0to show the community integration into\u00a0wider community. Though\u00a0his agendas as a politician\u00a0would revolve around several local\u00a0issues like hospitals and infrastructure, for Indian community he said it would be working on an Indian precinct in his council. "We started several campaigns including 'Racism:it stops with me', multicultural business\u00a0awards, Diwali and Holi Fest in\u00a0Whyndam\u00a0which were well\u00a0recognised by both community and government and I will continue to work towards better infrastructure and multicultural issues\u00a0if re elected," Gupta,\u00a0who is\u00a0again running from Chaffey ward this year, said. For Pathankot-born\u00a0Monica Raizada, it was her first time as a candidate and her work which she had been doing in\u00a0domestic violence area prompted her to contest the\u00a0local\u00a0elections. From\u00a0Whyndam, one of the fastest emerging council in the state that\u00a0holds\u00a010 per cent of its total population from\u00a0India, other nominees who will fight the elections include Satnam Singh, Kamal Ahmud, J S Aashat, Nirmal Singh, Dinesh Gourisetty, Himanshu Manocha, Sahil Gupta, Jagrutiben Dave, R J Singh,\u00a0Rishi Prabhakar and a high profile entrepreneur and millionaire Intaj Khan. A\u00a0candidate of Casey council in south eastern region,\u00a0Sid Banerjee said Indian community was the fastest\u00a0growing community across the state\u00a0and thus a higher representation. "Migration from India has grown over the years and also that\u00a0Indians\u00a0love politics," Banerjee, who\u00a0migrated from\u00a0Kolkata 11 years ago and works as a bank manager here, said. Gary Verma, an\u00a0IT professional who is running from\u00a0Melton council said his aim was to bring more schools and solve local issues like high\u00a0tax rate on real estate in the council. Other Indian-origin\u00a0candidates from Melton council\u00a0are Deepika Singla, Dilpreet Singh and Meen Solanki. Indian-born population has trippled since 2004 in Australia\u00a0with\u00a0Victoria recording the\u00a0largest number of\u00a0over 111,000 Indians\u00a0apart from New South Wales.