India Inc is against its tribe contesting the Lok Sabha elections as independent candidates, because it feels that only strong candidates from political parties can contribute to having a stable government, crucial for economic development.
Independents like ABN Amro India chief Meera Sanyal entering the fray only eat into votes of strong candidates, weakening the chances of major political parties, a cross- section of leading industrialists have opined.
"Independent candidates take away votes from stronger candidates. They should join a mainstream political party to contest the elections," noted industrialist and Chairman of Godrej Group Adi Godrej told PTI here.
Godrej was expressing support for 32-year old sitting MP Milind Deora who is contesting the polls for a second time from the prestigious South Mumbai constituency.
Real estate baron Niranjan Hiranandani said party-fielded candidates were "thousand times more effective" than independents.
"I would vote for a Milind Deora over an independent candidate for the amount of work he can do with the party's backing," Hiranandani said, adding independents are likely to diminish chances of another candidate winning.