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BJP tries to woo Narayana Murthy


Deepa Balakrishnan,CNN-IBN
Jun 29, 2008 at 08:11pm IST

Bangalore: The BJP government in Karnataka is trying to woo Infosys chief mentor N R Narayana Murthy to be a part of its policy-making and development projects.

Murthy had earlier been sidelined by the Kumaraswamy-Yeddyurappa coalition government, which had alleged that Infosys was indulging in buying real estate under the guise of IT development.

Hurt by allegations made by former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, Murthy had quit as the chairman of the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL).

“Narayan Murthy knows Bangalore. He has contributed a lot. Murthy discussed the needs of Bangalore when IT Minister Katta Subramanya Naidu met him. In a way, government and Nararyana Murthy are willing to move together,” Minister for Municipal Administration Suresh Kumar said.

However, the Infosys chief mentor is unwilling to comment about what mentoring he would give to the city.

“He wants to have more kannadigas in the BPO and software field; that’s his main vision. But he said he would need infrastructure for that. He suggested a couple of other things too,” Naidu, who along with Shoba Karandlaje met Murthy to help frame a rural IT policy, said.

The government has made it a point to include the top brass of the IT sector in its first meeting, which will be held to set an agenda for Bangalore’s development. And Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, too, is likely to meet Murthy soon.

“He's told me he's coming to Bangalore on July 20. He’ll meet our Chief Minister then,” Naidu said.

And even as political leaders are trying to use Narayana Murthy's iconic status to show the city how IT-savvy they are, Murthy has shied away from politicking after his bitter experience with Deve Gowda three years back.

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