It seems billionaire Nandan Nilekani, co-founder of leading BPO and indigenous software developer and exporting company Infosys limited, is preparing for a full time career in politics.
The former Infosys CEO and chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is seriously considering taking a plunge into electoral politics by joining the Congress party, to contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2014. The constituency is probably Bangalore South seat. Bangalore happens to be Nilekani’s home state and Bangalore South seat is also a Lok Sabha constituency dominated by the rich and upper-class professionals. As per Media reports, Congress party wants to leverage on Nilekani’s clean image to woo urban voters. Congress leaders are reportedly hoping that by fielding Nilekani, the party can garner the votes of not only the business but also the educated class. This seat is currently held by BJP’s Ananth Kumar. Ananth Kumar is a five-time sitting MP, elected from this seat.
The billionaire entrepreneur and an IIT-Mumbai alumnus, quit the board of Infosys in 2009, after nearly three decades with the company, to head the UIDAI, an ambitious government project to provide an identity number to every resident Indian. The project is touted as one of UPA’s notable successes as UIDAI has issued over 400 million identity cards to date and Nilekani recently said that he’s confident that by 2014 every other Indian will have one. The 12-digit Aadhar card is already being used to open bank accounts and for transfer of cash entitlements, among other things.
It is good to encourage the educated professionals to join the nation’s development efforts. As per Media reports, Congress Vice President, Rahul Gandhi, has suggested to Nilekani to join the Indian politics, as part of his continuing efforts to bring the elite, educated and the aspiring youth into Indian Politics. Nandan Nilekani has a home in the posh Koramangala area that is part of the Bangalore South constituency.
(Source: ‘First Post’ Newspaper Dt Sept 18, 2013)