Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE) Ltd managing director Ashok Kheny, speaking to mediapersons here on Tuesday, said that his political outfit, Karnataka Makkala Paksha, would be officially launched in coming October. Development would the sole agenda of the party, he said.
Kheny is a product of the National Institute of Technology - Karnataka (then Karnataka Regional Engineering College) in Suratkal near Mangalore and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts. NICE was formed by the Kalyani group of companies and SAB International Ltd to develop the Bangalore-Mysore infrastructure corridor in 1999.
The party will field its candidates in a hundred assembly constituencies including all the six in Bidar district. He expressed confidence that in least 60 of them, the party would triumph. There were already offers of alliance from some quarters, he disclosed.
While admitting that there was a popular perception that regional parties did not have a future in the state, he said that the attempts made in the past by VIjay Mallya and Vijay Sankeshwar were not backed up with proper footwork in the lower level.
In contrast, Kheny added, he had been widely touring the state and had found good response. The thrust on development would appeal to the people, he further said.
As for himself, said Kheny, he has decided to contest from Bidar south and been building a house in his native place of Ranjol Kheny for his permanent stay. He wondered as to how the people's representatives who amassed money and lived in Bangalore could understand the problems of the common man.
He also said that the people had lost confidence in three national parties and they were looking for an alternative. These votes would be captured by his party, he added. He banks specially on the votes of the youth. There has been a membership of eight lakh in Ashok Kheny Yuvak Sanghs all over the state, he further revealed.