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Welcomed by Cong who’s who in Bangalore, Nandan Nilekani joins

Nilekani said the Congress was in the process of reinventing itself as it has been doing for over 100 years.

Bangalore | Updated: March 10, 2014 10:35 am

Surrounded by Congress leaders who are crucial to generating grassroots support in Bangalore South, former Infosys CEO and UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani formally joined the Congress on Sunday, the day after he was named the party’s candidate for the constituency, represented by five-time BJP MP H N Ananth Kumar. Nilekani joined in the presence of state Congress president G Parameshwara and powerful local MLAs such as minister-in-charge of Bangalore Ramalinga Reddy, food and civil supplies minister Dinesh Gundu Rao, Vokkaliga community leader M Krishnappa and S M Krishna camp follower R V Devaraj.

Nilekani said the Congress was in the process of reinventing itself as it has been doing for over 100 years and that he was going to be part of the change process. He said he was joining because it was the party that fought for independence, created the green revolution, brought in liberalisation, the IT revolution and is now fighting for a rights based revolution.

“I think I bring unique experience. I have started a company from scratch as the co-founder of one of India’s biggest IT companies. I know how to create jobs. I have from scratch given identity numbers to 60 crore people.”

Nilekani said Ananth Kumar had served the constituency for enough. “In every sphere there comes a time when people have to go, even in politics. There is need for a strong change,’’ he said.

Parameshwara said the nomination was an attempt by the party to “send a message to the whole country that good people can be a part of the electoral process”. He welcomed Nilekani’s decision to join the Congress when “everyone is talking of the BJP coming to power”.

All Congress MLAs from Bangalore have the responsibility of ensuring victories for Congress candidates in the three parliamentary constituencies in Bangalore, Parameshwara said.

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  1. Alani Adana
    Mar 9, 2014 at 4:49 pm
    by handling adhaar which gives direct access to CIA ,I cannot believe this type of guys.Like Kejrivaal he is also a CIA spy.
    1. R
      Raja Sekar
      Mar 9, 2014 at 10:18 am
      when intelligentsia join hands with an average indian politician and work together in the nitty gritty of electoral politics...will be nice to know who changes who on outlook and mentality in the coming days ...
      1. J
        Jai Pande
        Mar 9, 2014 at 10:45 am
        I had a very high opinion of Nandan Nilekani till I tried to go through the Supreme Court's observations about the details of Adhaar. It did not enthuse me much. As such when a person so intimately connected with this Adhaar Project joins the ruling party of the day, lots of lacuna of Adhaar, it's unduly rushed up, premature & rather the immature use for giving government subsidies
        1. K
          Mar 10, 2014 at 6:25 am
          He should have joined BJP, all frauds and failed are joining BJP now a days.
          1. A
            Mar 9, 2014 at 2:23 pm
            Corruption is the root cause that today India is ranked third amongst most dangerous place to live in the world. 212 bomb blasts in 2013. More than twice as much bomb blasts as in Afghanistan. Anyone is able to get a new ration card, a new ID card, a new SIM card, a new voter registration card, a new adarsh card, a new driver’s license, you name it. People are willing to put our country at risk just so that they can earn some money in their pocket. Corruption is a national security issue. Congress and BJP are the one to blame for our present situation. They promoted this evil corrupt system. Today everyone feels that corruption is normal. Everyone feels that corruption is a way of life. We don’t feel this as a national security issue. Another big issue that is caused by corruption is: China is beating India in almost every field. Are we not as intelligent as Chinese? Of course not. Then why are we behind China in almost every field. Corruption makes unqualified candidates get ahead of a qualified candidate. Our poverty is thrusted on us by BJP and Congress. In the name of religion and caste, they cause riots. For politician, causing riot is a fun time activity. If not, would 1984 or 2002 have happened? Congress and BJP openly supported. What a national tragedy. so many innocent Sikhs and Muslims got killed. Where are the murderers? Are we so inept that we can’t find the murderers and convict them and put them behind bars. It is this corruption that is standing in the way on murderers and prison. Let’s wake up. Join the revolution: The revolution to free India from corruption. GO AAP. Free India from corruption. That is the only way we can make India safe and put India ahead of china.
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