The contesting candidates - C. Narayan Swamy from Bengaluru North, Nandan Nilekani from South, Rizwan Arshad from Central and D.K. Suresh from Bengaluru Rural were present at the conf.
Apart from the contesting candidates, people present were KPCC President, G. Parameshwera, Veeranna Mattikatti, KPCC's publicity committee president, Roshan Baig MLA, Shivajinagar, Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy, MInister for Food and Civil supply, Dinesh Gundurao and Energy Minister, D.K. Shivakumar.
S.M Krishna declared he would be campaigning for Congress in all constituencies from today. He vouched for Nandan Nilekani and was very appreciative of him being a candidate in the upcoming elections. 'It is very important for Bengaluru and for the country, that a man like Nandan, with a clean and transparent background enter politics.'
He also praised his accomplishments working with the Bangalore Agenda Task Force. 'When I was the Minister for External Affairs, I visited around 98 countries, and wherever I go people know Bangalore because of Infosys. Everybody knows us, and they know Nandan.'
"A man of this stature is entering politics, which is a welcome thing. He first entered public domain through BATF when I was the Chief Minister of Karnataka. His contribution to this city through BATF is commendable not just in terms of money, but also in the ideas he has had for Bengaluru. His plan is modern and definitely effective," he added.