Former Infosys CEO and UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani, who is set to be the Congress candidate for the Lok Sabha polls from the Bangalore South constituency, has received the backing of Vokkaliga strongman and energy minister D K Shivakumar.
Shivakumar, who was recently inducted into Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s cabinet after being kept out for seven months over alleged corruption charges, rooted for Nilekani’s candidature in parliament in the course of the inauguration of photo-voltaic R&D centre at Shivakumar’s Global Academy of Technology, a private engineering college.
Nilekani was the chief guest at the event. Speaking to students of the engineering college, the minister called on the students to emulate Nilekani. “Your voice will be represented by Nandan Nilekani in the parliament,” he said, publicly backing Nilekani’s candidature for parliament for the first time.
The support of Shivakumar and other leaders of the Vokkaliga community are considered crucial to Nilekani achieving electoral success in the Bangalore South constituency, which has a nearly 30 per cent voting population from the community.