The pioneer of low cost airline in the country Capt G.R. Gopinath has joined the Aam Aadmi Party.

He is the second corporate honcho from Bangalore to join AAP after former Infosys CFO V. Balakrishnan joined the party on Thursday.

Rohit Ranjan, AAP convenor for Karnataka, said Capt Gopinath joined the party by applying for the membership online.

Sources in AAP said that the party might want Capt Gopinath to come clean on the money he owes to State Bank of India before he is given a specific role in the party.

The former head of Air Deccan owes about Rs 260 crore to SBI and had recently stuck a deal with real estate company Sobha Developers to sell his property in Vittal Mallya Road here.

Capt Gopinath contested the Lok Sabha seat from Bangalore South constituency in 2009 as an independent candidate but lost.

It is learnt that he will seek a ticket from AAP to contest the Lok Sabha elections though it may not be from Bangalore South constituency which might see UID chief Nandan Nilekani contest as a Congress candidate.

(This article was published on January 3, 2014)
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