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Karnataka Election 2018: Bidar MLA Ashok Kheny joins Congress

By Chennabasaveshwar

Bidar MLA Ashok Kheny joined Congress party on Monday in a function held at KPCC office in Bengaluru. Energy Minister DK Shivakumar, Home Mnister G Parameshwar welcomed the MLA to the party.

Bidar MLA Ashok Kheny joins Congress at KPCC office in Bengaluru

DK Shivakumar said, " We have consulted district Congress leader about Kheny joining our party. Congress has nothing do with Kheny's partnership in NICE infrastructure project. Law will take its own course on issues related to NICE."

However, several Congress MLAs in Bengaluru and a section within Bidar Congress expressed opposition to Kheny's induction. A group of party workers also staged a protest in Bidar, today. Yeshwantpur MLA S T Somashekar said he is opposed to Kheny's induction when the House committee report on the alleged irregularities in the BMIC project is still pending before the government for action.

In 2013, Kheny contested from the Bidar South Assembly constituency as Karnataka Makkala Paksha candidate. He defeated JD (S) leader Bandeppa Khashempur. Also, Kheny is the Managing Director of Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE), which is best known for the construction of Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project.

Kheny has been in the news for his scuffles with former Prime Minister of India H. D. Deve Gowda over the land acquisition for the BMIC project.

In 2016, after a nearly 13-year long political and legal struggle, former PM HD Deve Gowda distances himself from his relentless campaign against Bengaluru-Mysuru Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project citing poor health and disillusionment. Deve Gowda alleges that BMIC project's promoters Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE) acquired more land than was required.

Kheny is also the Director of India International Infrastructure Engineers (IIIE) Limited. He is a Graduate of Electrical Engineering from National Institute of Technology Karnataka.

Kheny is the recipient of the Outstanding Businessman of the Year from a Minority community award for the year 1987 conferred by the then President of the United States Ronald Reagan. Kheny owns the cricket team Karnataka Bulldozers in Celebrity Cricket League.

Karnataka Assembly Election dates
Date of notification April 17
Last date to file nominations April 24
Last date to withdraw nominations April 27
Date of polling May 12
Date of counting May 15

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