Krishna, a former chief minister and former external affairs minister, announced the end of his 46-year-old “dream run” with the Congress party last week.
In yet another blow to Congress leadership, veteran leader SM Krishna, who recently resigned from party, will soon join Bharatiya Janata Party, BS Yedyurappa said on Saturday. “SM Krishna will join BJP shortly,” said Yeddyurappa. “He (SM Krishna) has decided to join BJP, when we don’t know, will fix it soon. He is joining 100%,” he added. Krishna, a former chief minister and former external affairs minister, announced the end of his 46-year-old “dream run” with the Congress party last week. The 84-year-old Congress veteran’s decision had left many political observers perplexed. He however cited sidelining by the Congress party on age considerations as the primary reason for his decision to quit the Congress party.
After resigning, Krishna made it clear that he was not retiring from active politics. “With pain and anguish, I have decided to quit the Congress,” 84-year-old Krishna said. “A situation has now come wherein I have to leave the home in which I resided peacefully for the last 46 years,” the former External Affairs Minister, who had maintained a low profile for the last two years.
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Noting that the Congress had given “everything” to him, Krishna said, “I have seen both good and bad and tasted sweetness and bitterness but my loyalty to the party has always been steadfast.
Being a part of the Congress party for a long period of time, SM Krishna had contested elections during Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi’s rule. He had become a Member of Parliament in 1968. Krishna became the Chief Minister of Karnataka in 1999 and retained the position till 2004. The 84-year-old leader also served as External Affairs Minister during Dr Manmohan Singh’s government.