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Infosys chief will work with govt, but after truce

In his first public response since his protest resignation from the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), Infosys chairman and chi...

Written by Johnson T A | Bangalore |
November 20, 2005

In his first public response since his protest resignation from the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), Infosys chairman and chief mentor N R Narayana Murthy threw the reconciliation ball in the court of the JDS-Congress coalition government in Karnataka.

Murthy who resigned as Chairman of BIAL on October 21, following an attack on him and his company by former Prime Minister and JD(S) national president H D Deve Gowda, said it was up to the government to work out a reconciliation. ‘‘It is for the government to decide. I am a small man. Who am I? It is the government of 50 million people and I am one person,’’ Murthy said on Saturday.

He would only participate again in private-public governance if invited by the government, he added.

‘‘If we are invited we can go. It is up to the people who have the right to invite us or not invite us,’’ he said.

The Infosys chairman said he was not reconsidering his decision to resign from BIAL — the private enterprise created to see Bangalore’s international airport project through. BIAL’s functioning will not be affected by his exit, he said. Murthy said he had never called Deve Gowda a stumbling block to progress in Bangalore. ‘‘Let me make it very clear.I have never criticised any politician by name. I have never directly or indirectly criticised any politician in Karnataka,’’ he said.

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