Bangalore, March 17: The Bangalore South parliamentary seat, which has remained under the BJP's possession for a long time now, will see an absorbing fight this time. Sitting MP Ananth Kumar, who has won here five times in a row, will be challenged by IT czar and co-founder of Infosys Nandan Nilekani, who is fighting on the Congress's ticket. Nina Nayak, an experienced child rights activist, is contesting on the ticket of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
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Bangalore South will go to the polls on April 17.
2009 result: Ananth Kumar defeated the Congress's Krishna Byre Gowda by 37,612 votes.
About Ananth Kumar (BJP)
BJP's National General Secretary, Ananth Kumar, 55, has won the Bangalore South constituency for five times in a row now. However, political observers feel Ananth Kumar's position is not so powerful after the defeat of the BJP in the last year's assembly elections and the return of BS Yeddyurappa in the party under the new leadership of Narendra Modi.
Nandan Nilekani looks favourites to stop Ananth Kumar from a double hattrick
Kumar still is trying to connect to the local voters through cricket tournaments and through his wife's NGO, but arrival of Nandan Nilekani, an icon for a considerably big IT population of the constituency, and the rise of the AAP in India's Silicon Valley will make it tougher for the sitting MP.
About Nandan Nilekani (Congress)
Nilekani, who played a big role in the UPA government's unique identification project, is one of those few candidates of the ruling coalition who is looking favourites to defeat a powerful opponent in this general election. Nilekani has been doing a lot of interaction with the people, especially the youth, and transforming his image. The IT man joined the Congress in March and his name was included in the party's first candidates' list.
About Nina Nayak (AAP)
Nina Nayak, another fresher in politics, has over 30 years of experience in the field of child development and child protection as administrator, practitioner and trainer. Nayak, 61, hails from Dakshin Kannada. Nayak is a former chairperson of Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights. She has also worked as the vice-president of the Indian Council for Child Welfare and member of the sub-committee on children in the National Planning Commission of India.
Analysis: The contest will be close. However, the law of average might catch up with Ananth Kumar.