From Praja Socialist Party to Karnataka Chief Minister: A look back at SM Krishna’s journey so far

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New Delhi | Updated: February 4, 2017 1:23:43 PM

Known for his party served as minister under Indira Gandhi between 1983–84 and Rajiv Gandhi between 1984 and 1985 as MoS industry and MoS finance respectively.

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SM Krishna, a former Congress loyalist and former Chief Minister of Karnataka, left everyone perplexed with his decision to quit Congress and reportedly join BJP. The 84-year-leader was a Congress veteran known for his close ties with former prime ministers Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi. The leader even served as Karnataka Chief Minister and union foreign minister under Congress regime.

Krishna, a Fulbright Scholar,  studied in the United States, graduating from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He joined active politics with Praja Socialist Party in the year 1962 and soon got elected to Karnataka Legislative Assembly from Maddur constituency.

Krishna played an important role in reconciliation between members of the Indian National Congress and Praja Socialist Party in year 1968. The leader later joined the Congress and served as minister under Indira Gandhi between 1983–84 and Rajiv Gandhi between 1984 and 1985 as MoS industry and MoS finance respectively. Krishna served as an MP from Karnataka’s Mandya district starting from 1968 in the 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th Lok Sabha.

Continuing his emergence, Krishna served as Speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly and Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka between the year 1989 and 1992.  Krisna was appointed as Karnataka Chief Minister in the year 1999, after the party won elections under his leadership, a post he held until 2004.

His noted works include creation of power reforms with ESCOMS and digitization of land records (BHOOMI) among other citizen friendly initiatives. He encouraged private public participation and was a fore bearer of the Bangalore Advance Task Force. He later became the Governor of Maharashtra.

However, he resigned as Governor of Maharashtra on 5 March 2008, to return to active politics. Krishna was soon nominated to Rajya Sabha and subsequently took the oath of office as Union Cabinet Minister of External Affairs in the Council of Ministers under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 22 May 2009. He was reportedly forced to resign as External Affairs Minister on 26 October 2012, however, a return to Karnataka state politics was also speculated.

The 84-year-leader, after serving the grand old party for nearly 46 years, resigned on 28th January 2017 quoting sidling by the party due to old age.

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