"People recognize him here as a Congress candidate and not as anything other than that. He is not a candidate of IT, neither he is a candidate of the corporate world," said the (Agencies)
senior BJP leader, against whom Congress has fielded Nilekani from Bangalore South constituency.
54-year-old Ananth Kumar, who has been elected for a record five times from this constituency also dismissed suggestions that Nilekani could be at an advantageous position because of being a co-founder and former CEO of Bangalore-based Infosys and for having served as Chairman of UIDAI (Unique Identity Authority of India).
"For people at large, he is a Congress candidate with all the baggage and legacy of that party, such as price rise, economic crisis, corruption, scams, insecurity at the borders
etc. At the first given opportunity, people want to remove this party and therefore he (Nilekani) is in fact at a great disadvantage," Ananth Kumar told a new agency in an interview.
During Lok Sabha elections in 2009, he got nearly 4.38 lakh votes, defeating Congress' Krishna Byre Gowda by a margin of over 37,000 votes from this seat.
Other than Ananth Kumar and Nandan Nilekani, more than 20 other candidates are in fray from this constituency for the Lok Sabha 2014 polls, for which voting would be held on April 17.
The candidates include Aam Aadmi Party's Nina Nayak, Ruth Manorama from Janta Dal (Secular) and 12 independents among others.
Ananth Kumar also said that his election campaign is going ‘full-blast’ and he is seeing “tremendous support here for BJP and for Narendra Modi as the country's next Prime
On being asked whether Bangalore being an IT hub would benefit Nilekani, Kumar said, "Bangalore being a city of IT crowd and young people makes its residents even more well-informed and more enlightened. Therefore, they also know very well what Nandan Nilekani is trying to do.
"People are seeing through his game and therefore we feel that the entire IT crowd and the entire youth crowd want a change at the Centre and they want Congress party to go. They want Manmohan Singh to go and they do not want Rahul Gandhi, they want an able and capable Prime Minister and they see an able and capable Prime Minister in Narendra Modi," he added.
"People recognize him here as a Congress candidate and not as anything other than that. He is not a candidate of IT, neither he is a candidate of the corporate world," said the