Jindal, who is also the Governor of Louisiana bowed out after acknowledging that it was not his time to run for the American Presidential post.
“This is not my time, so I am suspending my campaign for President,” 44-year-old Jindal said in a statement late on Tuesday evening.
“I cannot tell you what an honour it has been to run for President of the United States of America. My parents came to this country 45 years ago searching for freedom and a chance,” Jindal stated.
“We cannot settle for the Left’s view of envy and division. We have to be the party that says everyone in this country — no matter the circumstances of their birth or who their parents are – can succeed in America,” Jindal said while making the announcement.
“One of the things I will do is go back to work at the think tank I started a few years ago — where I will be outlining a blueprint for making this the American century….We must show the way forward on growing our economy and winning the war against terror, and especially defeating radical Islam,” he added.
Jindal’s decision came after his campaign in the past few months failed to gain much support among Republicans. In the popularity polls, Jindal often failed to manage even one per cent and his campaign, many say, suffered financial pressure.
Jindal’s campaign even failed to generate much enthusiasm among the Indian-Americans because of his controversial statements in which, it appeared, that he was distancing himself from being an Indian-American.
“I realise that our country is off on the wrong track right now. Everyone knows that, but don’t forget, this is still the greatest country in the history of the world – and every single one of us should start every day by thanking God that we are fortunate enough to be US citizens,” Jindal said.
Jindal has now become the third Republican to opt out of the 2016 Presidential race. Before him, former Texas governor Rick Perry and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker pulled out. Jindal’s exit leaves 14 Republicans in the nomination hunt which includes real estate tycoon Donald Trump, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Senator Marco Rubio and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.
(With inputs from PTI)