Bangalore needs a strong champion in Delhi and I intend to provide that, Nilekani told reporters after joining the party at the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) office in Bangalore, flanked by the Congress MLAs whose assembly seats fall within the Bangalore South constituency which has a large middle-class population. The former Infosys CEO is up against the Bharatiya Janata Partys national general secretary H N Ananth Kumar who has won the seat in five consecutive elections since 1996. In fact, the Congress last won this seat in 1989.
There comes a time when somebody has to go. That time has arrived, said Nilekani, referring to his key opponent.
Nilekani, who was officially declared as the party candidate for the seat on Saturday, is expected to soon resign from the chairmanship of the Unique Identification Authority of India, a post he has held for the past five years. I think I bring some unique experience to the people. First, from scratch, I was co-founder of one of Indias largest companies so I know how to create jobs and I have created lakhs of jobs, he said.