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Montek to take to road for Nilekani’s political debut

Nandan Nilekani, the IT icon spearheading the government’s Aadhar programme, on Monday found support from Planning Commission boss Montek Singh Ahluwalia for his proposed foray into politics.

Nilekani, the co-founder of IT major Infosys, on Monday said he was ready to contest the Lok Sabha polls. Supporting Nilekani’s political debut, Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said he will also ‘walk on the streets’ to campaign in favour of the chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).

While addressing a press conference on the project launch to disburse salaries to employees of a private corporate company leveraging Aadhaar Payment Bridge (APB) in New Delhi, Ahluwalia said: ‘I will campaign for Nilekani during the Lok Sabha polls.’ On  whether he will be in fray for Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha, Ahluwalia ignored the query. A day after BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi attacked Arvind Kejriwal in his Goa rally, Nileknai too took a dig at the Aam Aadmi Party saying that reforms and developments can’t be done through television channels.

‘To get rid of corruption one has to make substantial reforms within the framework of governance,’ he said. Praising the Aadhar initiatives, Nilekani said, ‘Aadhar plan will help in uprooting corruption prevalent in government departments across the country.’ Speculation is rife that Nilekani may be contest from Bangalore South seat on Congress ticket, which is a bastion of BJP. Ananth Kumar of BJP is the five-time MP from this seat.
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