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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 10:40:28 PM (IST)  

UID chief Nilekeni to contest Lok Sabha poll on Congress ticket ?

Narayana Swamy
Political Analyst
Daijiworld Media Network

Bangalore, Sep 18: With hardly eight months to go for India's parliamentary elections, major political parties are already in search of some star candidates who can turn the fortunes in their favour.

Nandan Nilekani, chief of India's Unique Identification (UID) project is expected to contest Lok Sabha election from Bangalore to attract the IT-friendly voters in his native place. Congress has reportedly proposed his name to counter BJP senior leader Ananth Kumar who is trying his luck for the 5th time from Bangalore South.

Ex-infosys chairman Nilekani is a popular personality among the educated classes in the state, specially in Bangalore. His reputation increased after Dr Manmohan Singh offered him the UID project's top post.

Speaking to a leading business daily, Nilekani said, "Although there is no final decision as yet, it is about making a choice at this stage, getting into the mainstream and becoming one who can initiate change for the larger public good."

A senior Congress leader in Bangalore said that talks are on since the last few weeks. "Nilekeni is the right candidate for Congress from Bangalore city as there are several thousands of IT savvy voters who support Nilekani and UPA's IT policy. Very soon, he will be joining Congress," he said.

Nilekani had recently turned down the request of Infosys chief Narayana Murthy's to re-join Infosys.

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Comments on this article
Ram, mangalore
Saturday, September 21, 2013

First of all respect people's choice. Call him by his proper name and respect him for his achievements. Most of the people who comment here should read about real vascodagama and return to their roots. Then respect for nation and the trials undergone by the people over last 1000 years will be realised.

Thomas Saldanha, Bangalore
Saturday, September 21, 2013

This is the true secular face of India, and Congress is right is choosing their next-generation politicians. He has the experience of leading one of the top 5 IT companies in India, employed people from all religions and caste, no agenda to build temples or churches or mosques, this is the real secular face! I am sure everyone will vote for him thus helping the nation gradually with highly educated law-makers.

rhrm, m'lore
Friday, September 20, 2013

Nilekani made money by selling UID. So he should be thankful to congress. What is security of aadhar database not getting to the hands of terroists? Best idea of killing privacy of person is Aadhar.

BS Naik, Puttur/Hyd
Friday, September 20, 2013

It is the hidden agenda of congress to make more profit from UID project. Basically UID project is not given any benifit to public than troubles due to not having this. There is no control and the agents are making money during enrollment to the tune of Rs. 500/head. Hope this collection goes to someones pocket from UPA.

well wisher, Mangalore
Friday, September 20, 2013

If the agenda is hidden, then how do you know about it?

kishor, mumbai
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Ek Bechara Phas Gaya

Thursday, September 19, 2013

very clever person .Kanataka is the best place to contest,because congress wave is still here.If he is having good ability ,let him contest from any other place, A challenge to him ?.

prem, moodbidri
Thursday, September 19, 2013

We badly require Intelligent & educated people like Nilekani in politics.

But I don't understand one thing, why FEKU has been nominated from BJP for PM post, when intelligent minds like Advani, Arun Jaitly, Sushmaji, Yashwant singh etc are there in party???
Some hidden agend ???
Really sends wrong signal... !!!

Deepash, Bangalore
Thursday, September 19, 2013

He is buying Titanic Ticket.

Alok Nath, Bengaluru
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Nandan Nilekani,s project of UID or aadar card system is catching the global eye. Even the developed countries are curious about the scheme.

Sampath , Mlore/ Blore
Thursday, September 19, 2013


Such Brains are required in politics to lead our country forward in this competitive world.

Even if Mr Nilekani contest for the LS poll ( from any political party) its the duty of us the citizen of this country to elect such educated people to the Parliament

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Best of luck.Tech and Politics are totally different.

Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Those who say congi are Dongi.
Congress bajayegaa theira Phungi.
BJP’s hold & tie over their knee Lungi.
Even they forget to comb hair in Kungi.
Aapka moovse kabhi na Karo baath Nangi
The big mouth bjp & supporters are Monkey.
The tactics of bjp and its supporters is Hanky-Panky
Congress in grace, bjp in dongi bajaayega theira phungi, expose not in lungi, you hanky-panky bjp necked monkey.

R.N. Pujari, Manglore - Mumbai
Thursday, September 19, 2013

All the best for Nilekeni your employees were waiting for this great news to give you a great punch on election day this is our time you said too much...... termination , door are open , salary cut etc etc .....but on other side YEDDI seems to be happy man & this will be a great news for YEDDI reason Ananth Kumar represents the Bangalore South Lok Sabha constituency now Kumar need to kiss YEDDI...L and ask him to join BJP back ASAP.

Deepak, Manglore
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Congress Rocks...... BJP shocks....

Sabar karo yaron our bhi naam aane bakhi hai....

Thursday, September 19, 2013

You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours

This the culture of congress party to give ticket to people whom helped them too loot by scams ..soon u will see a scam in Adhar card also.. without any benefit congrs will not give ticket to anyone .

Thursday, September 19, 2013


Allen, Mangalore
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Would you elaborate the contributions of Anantha Kumar to the nation apart from breaking the integrity of his own party?

Jude, Mangalore Dubai
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Why not the same comment when a discredited guy like VK Singh attended feku's rally. A man who did not open his mouth when he was made Chief of Army staff based on his age registered, but started claiming that he was a year younger only when his retirement drew near, just to extend his tenure. He then started blaming the government for his own folly. Since he was kicked out he has jumped first into the Anna camp and then the Kejriwal camp and now hobnobbing with feku for a seat.

Krishnaraj Salian, Mangalore
Thursday, September 19, 2013

India surely need a educated people like Nilekani in politics.. But i just wonder, Being so educated knowing economics in and out, being worked for one of the largest IT comp in india, he is joining hands with Most corrupt, & Failed govt which is digged itself in full of scams ?? Shame on Nilekani...

Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Let him contest from Congi or BJP Ticket since every citizen of India has right to context any election. But please keep him away from UID Business else he will start issuing Residents Cards for Non-Citizen of India too to enhance the Congi Vote Bank. This is the dangerous trend happens only in India that retired Judges, Higher Level Military Personnel, IPS, IAS or KAS Officers are joining any Political Party to context the election. Then how we can expect these Officers lend their Services without any bias to the common public or Nation?

juliet mascarenhas, bejai mangalore
Thursday, September 19, 2013

What better comment can be expected from a person who does not know the difference between Context and Contest

R.Fernandes, Dubai
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Usuall when the person has nothing to say then they get into these kind of cheap personal attacks.
Spelling mistakes can happen from anybody.
You need to grow a lot.

Peter, Udupi
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Mr. Sachidanand Shetty has brought out valid concerns. What he writes could happen, or it might not happen. But he has a right to voice his concerns. Kindly refrain from personal attacks, it will only show off your immaturity. Thanks.

Indian, Mangalore
Friday, September 20, 2013

R.Fernandes, Peter,
Sachidanand would not have commented to keep Nilekani away from UID business if he is joining BJP. On one side we are all saying we need educated people to contest elections. And on the other side if educated people are ed by Congress, then we hear hypocritical comment like "to keep Nilekani away from UID business."

Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Congress s only winnable candidates.....

George Belman, Belman/Mangalore
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Judging by the disastrous and messed up implementation of Aadhar card / UID, it will be suicidal for Nilkeni to contest from Bangalore.

Bangalore South has lot of educated people and they are the ones who are most frustrated standing in lines for hours only to be sent back saying server is down.

Aadhar card / UID implementation is a poster child for the worst implemented IT project and Nilkeni should be ashamed of himself for even claiming credit for it.

Nilkeni is only enjoying Cabinet level perks while people stand in queue braving rain and sun for a stupid card.

Congress will only help BJP will this in a walk over contest as people are frustrated with UID and thus with Nilkeni.

Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Nilekani should be respected by every Kannadiga/Indian irrespective of his political affiliations. I am also his fan. But i don't support him politically.

Actually matter is this:

Nandan was fooled by UPA in the name of Adhar project. This project was complete failure. Last year Adhar Cards were being issued in the name of Nandan, Datti Sadananda Gowda etc etc in KR Puram, Bangalore.

Aadhar card was supposed to be VERY UNIQUE. Means it can not be duplicated. It is supposed to be based on eye lid and finger print scans. One of my family members has got 2 Aadhar cards one in home and another one in Mumbai.

Without knowing to Nandan some unseen hand is involved in Adhaar scam. But they are planning to make Nandan as scapegoat as he is the chairman. Now no option is left for Nandan to save his face but to support corrupt party.

The Result will be: Nilekani losing by 50,000 plus votes.

R.Fernandes, Dubai
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Congress always had more intellectual people than any other party. They always used their intellectual ability in the wrong direction.
If you see current UPA government, you can see lot of tremendous talents. But what is the use? They used their talent in robbing.

Ramchandra Kini, Mangalore
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Will it be the end of the RSS ( BJP ) in Bangalore South ?

samy, brahmavar
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Very good move by Congress. Since corruption and weak law and order is eating our country, it is too little and too late for Congress.
I am sure you will win the election but how long would it take you to become CM or PM to save this country?

Vivian, Bangalore
Thursday, September 19, 2013

If Nandan Nilekeni contests from Bangalore City on Congress ticket,
BJP MP Anathkumar will go home! If Anil Kumble contests, no doubt Kumble will be clean bowled!!

lukas, malpe
Thursday, September 19, 2013

any one investigate about cental international Hotel sold by Ananth Kumar by cheaper price then one who perchase this Hotel within one he sold for higher price to the other party?

Dr. P. Ravi Suvarna, New York
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Days of the scoundrels are over. People want ground action and not politics. We are fed up of reading the daily newspaper or view any TV channel for that matter. It is only a new scam daily. What is our country coming to ? Of late , I hate to watch Indian News Channels for this reason. It is so sad and pathetic. Indian news channels highlight only the worst and repeatedly keep showing it. Are they short of other better news happening in India ?

Declan, Mumbai
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Reality bites !

Nelson Dsouza, Karkala/Riyadh
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Yes, as Nandan puts it is a decision to make whether to stay away and criticise the politicians or join the mainstream and take initiatives by himself.Yes, he can make a difference irrespective of Party line. All the best to Nandan Nilekani for the future, may God help you to take right decision.One thing we want see is to have a Good replacement if he leaves the UID Project, I dream of a strong India with the UID going countrywide and become a single ID for all transactions...Remove all other ID Cards and bring one for all.Link all ID related info to this card..Jai Ho..

Indian, Mangalore
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Joined corrupt congress.... very bad..... should have fought the election independently.

Declan, Mumbai
Thursday, September 19, 2013

People like Nandan Nilekani are needed to clean the Congress party of cockroaches.

Sunil N. D'souza, Udupi/Dubai
Thursday, September 19, 2013

It took so long for you to realize congress party filled with cockroaches !finally

juliet mascarenhas, bejai mangalore
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Congress knows to pick the real intellectuals to the field for the development of the country.Wish you good luck Mr. Nilekeni. God bless you.

R.Fernandes, Dubai
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Congress always had more intellectual people than any other party. They always used their intellectual ability in the wrong direction.
If you see current UPA govern ment, you can see lot of tremendous talents. But what is the use? They used their talent in robbing.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

All the best Nilekani sir,

Whole Hindustan is proud of u,

future IT minister of Hindustan!!

leslie fernandes, Udupi
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

There is nothing wrong in an eminent person like Nandan seeking punlic mandate...
Even in the past good Samaritans contested and mostly lost deposits...
He has taken a decision to fight it as a part of system...
Let us hope he will cleanse congi and bring it back to the times of Shastriji...

Vincent Praveen Castelino, Pernal / Mumbai
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

If it is true and Mr. Nilekeni is willing to contest in the next coming elections, I am sure BJP's candidate Mr. Ananth Kumar's days are numbered and he has to take political sanyas.

Then BJP will have no "Shakuni Mama" at the center!!!.

Hope...if all calculations goes well according to present political developments at karnataka with the BJP then, Mr. Yeddiyurappa(present KJP) joins BJP, he will be the most happy person.

Ramdas, Mangalore
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Anil Kumble from BJP. Bangalore South has max educated voters. Lets see the battle. Well Nilekani u made a bad choice of the party.

R.Fernandes, Dubai
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Today it is not pro BJP wave is running across the nation. It is anti congress wave is running across the nation. BJP is going to gain due to this.
Nandan, Superman etc cannot do any magic in today's senario.

Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

so now E-CONGRESS..

Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah



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