If sources are to be believed, he will contest from Bangalore South constituency. The Bangalore South seat is held by BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar, who has won five consecutive times from this middle-class constituency. The constituency is dominated by ‘upper-class professionals’.

According to reports, Congress wants to leverage on Nilekani’s clean image to woo urban voters away from BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Nilekani, born in 1955, an IIT-Mumbai alumnus, stepped down as CEO of Infosys in 2007. He was one of the five founder members of Infosys along with NR Narayana Murthy. In 2009, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had offered Nilekani a place in the Planning Commission but he chose the then obscure UIDAI which had the mandate to give a billion Indians an identity card.

(JPN)

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