Bangalore, Apr 2 UNI | 4 months ago

IT leader and Congress candidate Nandan Nilekani today received a shot in the arm as former External Affairs Minister and veteran S M Krishna decided to campaign for him from high-profile Bangalore South.

The April 17 Lok Sabha will witness BJP National General Secretary H N Ananth Kumar facing a stiff fight from the Infosys co-founder.

Mr Krishna invited mediapersons to his home in posh Sadashivnagar of the city after the 'Ugadi' festival (Kannada New Year) and said Mr Nilekani had proved his worth as the Chief of Bangalore Agenda Task Force during his tenure as the Chief Minister during 2001-04.

"If anyone has doubt, they better check it again. Mr Nilekani being a top performer in his own field of IT, had immensely contributed to the development of Bangalore as the BATF Chief. This had happened during Mr Krishna's period in his dream of developing Bangalore a second Singapore," he said.

Mr Nilekani, who responded to questions, said he was aided by the fact that people of the segment wanted a change. Mr Kumar is seeking re-election for a record sixth term from

the segment dominated by office going public in city.

The Infosys co-founder said he was overwhelmed by the response of voters and his stock was on the rise, continuously. "I visit every nook and corner of my segment and this is happening for the last two weeks. I will again go to these places before the polling date. With the positive response, I can win this election," he said confidently. He refused to be dragged into the Aadhar scheme and its criticism by BJP leader Subramaniyan Swamy. "I don't think it deserves any reaction from me," he added.

Mr Nilekani alleged that Mr Kumar and other BJP leaders were spreading falsehood on Aadhar scheme, which was aimed at empowering the common people.

(Posted on 02-04-2014)