Nandan Nilekani to join Congress, ready to contest Lok Sabha polls

Confirming that he was ready to contest 2014 elections, UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani said talks were on about his constituency.

Bangalore | Published:January 10, 2014 6:07 pm

Ending speculation about his foray into politics, billionaire Infosys co-founder and head of Aadhar programme Nandan Nilekani on Friday said he would join the Congress and was ready to contest the Lok Sabha polls.

“Certainly. I believe I should do something on the political front. If Congress gives me a ticket, I will contest (the Lok Sabha elections this year),” he told reporters, making public his stand on the issue for the first time.

Nilekani, who is the Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India, said talks are going on about the constituency from which he should be contesting. He added that he would join Congress, which has been very “supportive” to him and his ideas.

The Congress is likely to field Nilekani from Bangalore South, a middle-class centric constituency, known for its antipathy towards Congress since the late 1970s, from where BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar has won five times.

Nilekani said ordinary citizens should join politics and he would like to be part of this movement. “In India the biggest change can be brought about through politics and I want to be there,” he said.

The country needs more good people from all fields including the corporate world, he said, adding politics is an instrument of change.

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  1. B
    B B
    Jan 10, 2014 at 6:42 pm
    I thought Nilekani was a smart man. What happened??
  2. N
    Jan 10, 2014 at 12:58 pm
    sure he will lose deposit
  3. N
    N Ram
    Jan 10, 2014 at 1:43 pm
    He is going to lost all his retion with this stupid decission. Better stand as an individual but for Congress. You will soon be marked as a corrupt person too.
  4. P
    Jan 10, 2014 at 1:09 pm
    Intellectual failure or repaying his debts?
  5. P
    Jan 10, 2014 at 3:15 pm
    What else? He already tasted taste of corruption
  6. N
    Jan 11, 2014 at 6:20 am
    A wrong decision.He should leave his present masters if he wants his retion to be saved.
  7. R
    Ram Reddy
    Jan 11, 2014 at 9:55 am
    He may not be interested but someone is placing him to gain through.
  8. S
    Shanti chawla
    Jan 10, 2014 at 4:37 pm
    But why on Congress Ticket ?
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