Infosys co-founder Nilekani ready to contest general elections

Bangalore , Jan.11: Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani has said he is ready to contest in the upcoming general elections.

Earlier, Indian media was abuzz with speculation that the ruling Congress party could nominate the former software czar as its candidate for Bangalore (South) in the 2014 polls.

Nilekani said he is keen on fighting the elections, if given a ticket by the Congress Party.

“Yes, if I am given a ticket (for the polls), yes, I will contest,” he said.

Justifying his entry into politics, Nilekani said he wished to bring forth change in the country.

“Certainly, I believe that I am interested in doing something for the political front, mainly because I think India needs a lot of change. India needs to create opportunity for its entire people, and at the end of the day, politics is the best platform for change,” he said.

In 2009, Nilekani had resigned from the post of Chief Executive Officer of Infosys, which was believed to be one of the most high-profile jobs in India.

Nilekani is presently leading the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which is implementing the biometric identity cards, known as Aadhar cards in the country. (ANI)