Siddaramaiah said during the campaign that Nilekani has a clean background and character as opposed to Ananth Kumar, the sitting MP from this seat, and will win this time. "In the last four terms we have seen Anant Kumar give an endearing smile and that's about it. He talks about Gujarat development but that is also very far from reality. In 2011, Gujarat was ranked 6th as per Human Development Index. But Since Modi's term began, its position dropped to 9th. The Per Capita Income of the state is in 12th position. This clearly is a sign of no development," he said.
The chief minister also accused Ananth Kumar of being a part of scams and urged the voters to choose Nilekani, a man with a clean track record.
Siddaramaiah said Nandan Nilekani is a man of clean track record and will win
"Nandan didn't enter politics to make money. He is definitely not the one to just talk about development. He has contributed tremendously to the growth of this city when he was a part of BATF and Aadhaar. We are very proud that he is representing South Bengaluru, there cannot be a better candidate than him" said Siddaramaiah.
Expressing the same view and support were several cabinet ministers present today at St. Thomas Parish Hall. Former Union minister
C M Ibrahim, Home Minister KJ George, Minister for Information and News Roshan Baig and Minister for Transport Rama Linga Reddy were present on the occasion.
Addressing the crowd, Nilekani said: "I am contesting in the upcoming elections for two reasons. The First one is Bengaluru's development. Second one is to create more opportunities for the younger generation in Bengaluru."