Bangalore, May 17: Congress candidate from Bangalore Nandan Nilekani congratulated his winning opponent, BJP's Ananth Kumar, who made it six in a row in the just concluded Lok Sabha election. Nilekani ran an energetic campaign but in the end did not unseat the incumbent BJP MP.
"This was a hard-fought campaign," Nandan Nilekani said, when he addressed the media today afternoon, "I am deeply grateful to the voters who voted for me, for your faith in me. To those who did not vote for me, I regret that I was unable to win your support in the election," Nilekani said.
"We've been part of a historic democratic exercise," Nandan added, "We saw the highest voter turnout in world history, with 55 crore people voting across the country. I am humbled to have been part of this extraordinary process. I respect the choice that the voters have made, and I want to thank the Election Commission for its hard work, in ensuring that the process ran smoothly."
Nandan noted that Bengaluru city would remain his priority. "As I said during the campaign, I will continue to work for you in the coming months and years. I may not have the opportunity to serve you as an MP, but my work for Bengaluru continues," he said. People in this city are hungry for better governance, he noted, and he will work with the relevant groups and parties to achieve that.
"I also want to thank the best team of party workers, the volunteers, and staff I could have had. And I am especially proud that the campaign we ran was a passionate, energetic, and also a clean one," Nilekani said.
"Finally, I want to thank all the people of Bengaluru who participated in this election. Regardless of the result, this campaign delivered a powerful message, through the voices it raised and the votes it received: that people in this city are hungry for better governance. The demand for a better city has been heard," he added.
"Thousands of you reached out to us with your "ideas for Bengaluru"," Nandan said,"Rohini and I knocked on hundreds of doors. We met thousands of Bengalurians at your homes, shops, colleges and schools, and places of business. My agenda in the coming years include the priorities that you shared with me."
"We are humbled by your kindness in welcoming us into your homes and your lives, and sharing with us your greatest worries, fears, dreams and hopes for yourselves and your families. I am deeply grateful for that," Nilekani said.