Bangalore: Exemplifying growing political activism of top professionals and corporate figures, Captain Gopinath, who pioneered the low-cost airline business in the country, on Friday joined the Aam Aadmi Party.
Gopinath jumped on the bandwagon close on the heels of former Infosys board member V Balakrishnan, a move that came as a surprise as much as his exit from the software major. “Yes. I have joined the party…I’m now officially the member of AAP,” Gopinath told a wire agency. “I was always a sympathizer and part of the Anna movement, of which Kejriwal was an integral part,” he added
Stating that he had always been politically active, Gopinath, who founded Air Deccan, had contested and lost 2009 Lok Sabha elections as an Independent candidate.
Bangalore’s corporate circle is of late becoming politically proactive. Former Infosys top executive Mohandas Pai, now Chairman of the Manipal Global Education Services, and BT major Bicon’s Kiran Mazumdar Shaw are part of Bangalore Political Action Committee, a forum that not only financially supports the candidates but also campaigns for them.
IT honcho and Unique Identification Authority of India Chairman Nandan Nilekani has also shown keen interest in contesting the Lok Sabha polls from Bangalore South on a Congress ticket.