Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani steps down as chairman of UIDAI

Infosys co-founder and face of UPA government’s flagship Aadhar program, Nandan Nilekani on Friday resigned as chairman of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), three days after joining Congress.

Nilekani, who will contest Lok Sabha polls from Bangalore South, said he has submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, PTI reported.

Nilekani sent in his resignation to Prime Minister. After his exit as CEO of Bangalore headquartered Infosys in 2007, Nilekani had taken charge as head of UIDAI, mandated to give a billion Indians an identity card, a mammoth exercise that he had been successfully overseeing.

Nandan Nilekani

Nilekani formally took a political plunge on Sunday, when he joined Congress, a day after the party named him as its candidate from Bangalore South, where he is taking on five-time BJP MP Ananth Kumar in a tough battle.

Recently, Karnataka BJP had petitioned electoral authorities against Nilekani, taking exception to his name and picture figuring with Aadhar Card advertisements, when the Model Code of Conduct is in force.

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