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UIAI chairman Nandan Nilekani formally joins Congress Party


Bangalore: Co-founder of Infosys and Unique Identification Authority of India (UIAI) Chairman Nandan Nilekani on Sunday formally joined the Congress party.

Nilekani will contest general elections from Bangalore South against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ananth Kumar.

“Congress has been here for more than hundred years, let me assure that Congress party will be here for the next hundred years,” said Nilekani.

When asked about his battle against Kumar, who has won from the same constituency five times in the past successively, Nilekani expressed confidence in defeating his opponent.

“In every, politics or in business, there comes a time when somebody has to go, that time has arrived,” said Nandan Nilekani.

Nilekani is a self-made billionaire – Forbes pegs his net worth as $1.3 billion, making him the 50th-richest Indian. He is a graduate from the elite Indian Institute of Technology and made his money in technology and wrote the best-selling book “Imagining India”.

In 2010, Nilekani set up the unique identity (UID) project, which by scanning people’s irises and fingerprints, hopes to bring India’s 1.2 billion population within the reach of government.