By fielding Nilekani, the Congress has ensured that it makes Ananth’s job difficult as he is looking to make it five in a row from the prestigious Bangalore South seat. In fact, the contest in this particular constituency has become pretty interesting as Nilekani is a popular and respected personality in India’s Silicon Valley.

Political analysts have also categorically stated that if something can stop Nilekani from spoiling Ananth’s party, it’s the wave of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, popularly called ‘Modi wave’. Otherwise, it’s believed that Nilekani ‘defeated’ Ananth the day he filed his nomination papers.

The silver lining for Ananth Kumar is Modi’s ever-rising stardom, which has kept his chances intact in the game.

In fact, the way Modi has built a huge lead over Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in the national arena, from social media to other campaigns, the situation is pretty different and just reverse between Nandan Nilekani and Ananth Kumar.

It needs to be mentioned here that Nilekani had brought the utility of social media into application in order to make his candidature known in public for the past one year. Instead of taking a cue from Modi over reaching out to the people, Ananth had adopted a snail-paced approach.

Nilekani, who is a prominent name in IT industry, asserts influence of his own and it’s mainly due to his influential image that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Balakrishnan, a founder of Infosys withdrew his candidature against the Congress candidate from Bangalore South constituency. Balakrishnan has made it clear that Nilekani should make his way to the Parliament without any hiccups and that’s why, AAP has re-fielded him from Bangalore Central.

South Bangalore is a major hub of IT engineers and for a while when reports made rounds that Nilekani may be named prime ministerial candidate, it gave out a message that his stature is pretty high within party ranks.

One should also note this fact that most of the young professionals are mighty impressed with Modi’s personality and the effect of Modi wave can be clearly seen among the youngsters.

Taking a note of all these factors, the road ahead for Ananth Kumar is not going to be an easy one.


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