Updated: March 11, 2014 5:32:24 am
THE Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has named former Infosys CFO V Balakrishnan, a former police officer involved in the hunt for bandit Veerappan 15 years ago, K Arkesh, a former National Law School of India professor, Babu Mathew, and former state child rights commission chief, Nina Nayak, in its first list of candidates for 13 out of the 28 seats in Karnataka for the April 17 Lok Sabha polls.
Multi-millionaire and former Infosys CFO V Balakrishnan, who joined the AAP party on New Year’s Day this year after quitting IT giants Infosys on December 20, 2013, has been chosen to contest the minority-dominated Bangalore Central constituency. AAP officials had earlier reported that Balakrishnan was reluctant to contest the polls but following his selection on Monday said the former Infosys official had managed to convince his reluctant mother on taking the political plunge.
The former Infosys official, who sold 1,00,000 of his Infosys shares ahead of his exit for a value of Rs 32 crore, was earlier non-committal on contesting the polls despite joining AAP. “Bala’s mother was against him contesting. He travelled to Chennai and managed to convince his mother. He is an asset to the party,” AAP National Executive Member Prithvi Reddy said.
Balakrishnan is set to battle the BJP’s sitting MP in the constituency, P C Mohan, and a minority community candidate that is likely to be fielded by the Congress party.
The AAP list for Karnataka also features former Central Reserve Police Force IGP K Arkesh, who was involved in the hunt for the forest brigand Veerappan in 1999- 2000, who will contest from the Chikballapur constituency, currently represented by union minister for oil and natural gas Veerappa Moily.
The former police official was the author of a famed report on Veerappan, called the Arkesh Report, which outlined the challenges in finding the brigand who dominated the jungles on borders of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala.
AAP has named child rights activist and the former chief of the Karnataka Child Rights Commission Nina P Nayak from the Bangalore South constituency to take on former Infosys CEO Nandan Nilekani and five-time BJP MP H N Ananth Kumar.
AAP has also named Prof. Babu Mathew, a trade union activist and former Registrar of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore for the Bangalore North constituency. A former Lok Satta Party member Ravikrishna Reddy, who contested from the BTM layout constituency in 2013, has been named as the candidate for the Bangalore rural constituency.
“We are very proud of the people finalized in the first list for the state. Some of them have more than 30 years of experience in social activism. None of the candidates have any criminal record. They represent the true aspirations of the party,” Reddy said,
Others on the list include social worker Ashfaq Ahmed Madaki for Chikkodi, former Mangalore Airport director M R Vasudeva for Dakshina Kannada. The AAP intends to contest all 28 seats in Karnataka.
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