Kheny to enter poll fray

Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise (Nice) managing director and founder of Karnataka Makkala Paksha (KMP) Ashok Kheny has decided to contest the May 5 Assembly elections from the Bidar South constituency.

Kheny will be among the 30 candidates to be fielded by the KMP, which is among the new political outfits that have come up in the State in the recent months.

“I will contest from the Bidar South constituency, which includes my birthplace Kheny Ranjola. The KMP will mainly contest the seats in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region,” Kheny told Deccan Herald. “The KMP has taken the elections seriously and will take up full-fledged campaign in all the 30 constituencies. Instead of fielding candidates for all the seats, we will focus only on those constituencies where we can give a good fight,” he said.

The list of candidates would be announced in a week’s time, he said. In his home district of Bidar, the KMP would contest from Aurad (Reserve) and Basavakalyan constituencies.
The Bidar South seat is presently held by former minister Bandeppa Kashempur of JD(S), who is all set to seek a re-election. The Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) has announced that Shailendra Beldale, Bidar Zilla Panchayat member, will be its candidate from Bidar South.

During the 2004 Assembly elections, Kheny’s brother Sanjay Kheny had contested from Bidar South as the BJP nominee and lost by a narrow margin of 1,271 votes.

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