Nandan Nilekani joins Congress, will contest from Bangalore South

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Former IT Czar, co-founder of Infosys and Aadhar founder chairman Nandan Nilekani has officially joined the Congress at a simple ceremony in KPCC office in Bangalore on Sunday.
The Congress has fielded him as its candidate against five time BJP MP and its national general secretary HN Ananth Kumar from the prestigious Bangalore South Lok Sabha seat.
Nilekani will be making his political debut in this election. The 58-year-old Congress leader was born and brought up in Bangalore.
Nilekani was given ticket against BJP’s Ananth Kumar even before he joined the Congress.
An alumnus of IIT Bombay, Nilekani co-founded Infosys with six others. NR Narayanamurthy is the main founder of Infosys.
Nilekani was inducted into the party by KPCC president Dr G Parameshwar. Transport minister and senior Congress MLA from Bangalore city, B Ramalingareddy was also present at the programme.
After joining the Congress, Nilekani updated his Facebook page. He wrote “It’s official! I went to the KPCC office to complete the formalities of joining the party. I have been officially inducted into the party and congratulated by the KPCC president and senior officials. I followed this with a visit to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s house, where I received a warm welcome.
“Its heartening to see the energy and the passion of the people on the ground. This is not just about me – the demand is for more energy and vision in the public space. I deeply believe that the more people with a passionate agenda, get involved, the more we will see the kind of politics we dream of.
“Let’s get it done”.
Later he met chief minister Siddaramaiah at his residence. Nilekani’s candidature has added colour to Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka. Considered a Brahmin stronghold, Bangalore South is witnessing a mega fight between two Brahmins after a long time.