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AAP legislator Rajesh Garg drove 16km in his battery operated e-rickshaw to attend the first day of Delhi Assembly’s new session. Garg, who claims owning no other vehicle, said the
e-rickshaw was donated by a supporter during the election campaign. Garg has been a Congress worker all his life and joined the Aam Aadmi Party in August last year. While chief minister Arvind Kejriwal came in his blue Wagon R, many AAP legislators opted for public transport. Picture by Ramakant Kushwaha

Bangalore, Jan. 1 (PTI): V. Balakrishnan, whose resignation last month as an Infosys board member created ripples in corporate circles, has joined the Aam Aadmi Party in a surprise move.

“Yes I have become the member of AAP, have got the confirmation today,” Balakrishnan said. “They (AAP) have revolutionised politics in this country, I’m fascinated with it,” he said.

Announcing Balakrishnan’s exit on December 20, Infosys had said the resignation was effective December 31, 2013.

Balakrishnan, who joined Infosys in 1991 and went on to become its chief financial officer, was said to be a top contender for the post of chief executive officer.

In response to a question whether he was looking for a full-time political career along with business commitments, he said today: “In future, I think so...; I think I will be able to manage both.”

Soon after resigning from Infosys, Balakrishnan had said he was waiting for market regulator Sebi’s approval for his private equity fund, which he has formed along with former Infosys colleague Mohandas Pai and former Wipro board member Girish Paranjpe.

To a question on contesting the Lok Sabha elections, he said, “It’s too early to say anything about it.”

Balakrishnan was also the BPO head at Infosys and the chairman of Infosys Lodestone, a global management consultancy firm.