Captain Gopinath joins Aam Aadmi Party

Exemplifying growing political activism of top professionals and corporate figures, Captain Gopinath, who pioneered the low-cost airline business in the country, has today joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Gopinath jumped on the bandwagon close on the heels of former Infosys board member V Balakrishnan joining AAP recently, 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 PTI here. "I was always a sympathiser and part of the Anna movement, of which Kejriwal was an integral part," he added. Karnataka AAP sources said Gopinath officially became a member of the party today.

"Corruption is one among the fundamental issues this country is facing; Anna's movement gave us a hope for change

from the corrupt system, and Kejriwal's AAP is seen transforming that hope into action," said Gopinath.

"So I have always been part of this movement and have known AAP leaders."

Stating that he had always been politically active, Gopinath, who founded companies like Air Deccan, Deccan Charters and Deccan 360, reminded that he had contested and lost 2009 Lok Sabha elections as an Independent candidate.

Without giving any clear indications about his electoral aspiration, he said "....I will play active role in the party, its cause and for its victory in elections."

Bangalore's corporate circle has been showing keen interest in political activism for which Gopinath and Balakrisnan are new inclusion.

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 (BPAC), 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's interest to contest the Lok Sabha polls from Bangalore South was recently confirmed by the Karnataka PCC President G Parameshwara.

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