‘Will stick to keeping tabs, offering ideas on good governance, economic policies’
Biotechnology entrepreneur Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw on Saturday ruled out any suggestion of her taking the plunge into active politics.
She preferred to limit herself to keeping tabs on good governance, economic policies and offering suggestions on those matters, Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw, chairperson and managing director of the Rs. 2,500-crore Biocon group, said on the sidelines of her company’s product launch event.
During the State Assembly elections in May 2013, the Bangalore Political Action Committee, a watchdog and pressure outfit that she heads, had financially supported a few candidates across the political spectrum.
“I will not be a part of the Aam Aadmi Party or any other political party,” she said, when asked if she too had political ambitions, like Bangalore’s leading corporate figures who have recently entered politics.
While Infosys co-founder and chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India Nandan Nilekani has declared his plan to contest Lok Sabha elections from South Bangalore constituency on Congress ticket, Capt. G.R. Gopinath, pioneer of low-cost aviation, and V. Balakrishnan, until recently director and chief financial officer of Infosys Technologies, have joined the Aam Aadmi Party.
About Mr. Nilekani’s political foray, Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw said, “He has very clear vision [for change]. A person like him will certainly bring about change.”
AAP has already approached Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw and T.V. Mohandas Pai, chairman of Manipal Global Education Services and B.PAC vice-president for ideas.