Media reports indicate the possibility of Nilekani as a wild card entry to political arena as the Prime Ministerial candidate of Congress
NEW DELHI (TIP): Infosys vice-chairman and CII president S Gopalakrishnan on Thursday said he would support Nandan Nilekani if his former colleague decides to fight elections. “Of course, if he stands for elections I will support him,” Gopalakrishnan said when asked for comments on reports of Nilekani’s political entry. Media reports recently spoke of the possibility of Nilekani as a wild card entry to political arena as the Prime Ministerial candidate of Congress in the next general elections, given his background as a successful technocrat with clean image.
The Congress had on Wednesday dismissed as “hypothetical” the talk of Nilekani being made the PM candidate. Nilekani, one of the co-founders of Infosys along with N R Narayana Murthy, Gopalakrishnan, S D Shibulal among others, is now Chairman of Unique Identification Authority of India, which gives 12-digit unique number (Aadhaar) for every Indians. Media also quoted Infosys chairman Murthy as saying that he would vote for Nilekani if his former colleague contests polls.