SM Krishna camp says he’s not joining BJP soon, debunks Yeddyurappa’s claim
Several close associates of former chief minister SM Krishna sources in Krishna camp said their leader would hold any such discussions only with top two BJP leaders—Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah.india Updated: Feb 05, 2017 01:00 IST
Several close associates of former chief minister SM Krishna on Saturday evening nixed the claim of Karnataka Bharatiya Janata Party chief BS Yeddyurappa that the estranged Congress leader will soon join the saffron party.
Yeddyurappa had earlier in the day claimed that he was negotiating the entry of the former external affairs minister into the BJP.
Rejecting the claim, sources in Krishna camp said their leader would hold any such discussions only with top two BJP leaders—Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah.
Krishna and Modi have known each other for over 15 years, and both share a good working relationship, the sources added.
Triggering speculation over Krishna joining the BJP, Yeddyurappa at Gulbarga said it was imminent.
Adding to the aura of suspense, another senior BJP leader and information and broadcasting minister Venkaiah Naidu neither denied nor confirmed the development.
“No senior leader can continue in the Congress,” he said.
But a member of the BJP’s communication cell, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Yeddyurappa and Krishna did not even meet.
Krishna, 84, had snapped his 46-year-long association with the Congress on January 29, accusing the party leadership of ignoring senior leaders like him.
“A party that does not respect its seniors has no future,” an emotional Krishna had said, announcing his resignation.
Congress sources, meanwhile, claim efforts were on to pacify the sulking leader into rejoining the party. “As of now there is a 40% chance of him returning to the party,” a Congress source said.
Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah, who was incidentally brought into the Congress fold from the Janata Dal (Secular) by Krishna, said the party high command was still speaking to Krishna and that he was hopeful that an amicable solution could be found.
When asked about Yeddyurappa’s comment, he said: “Ask Yeddyurappa about it, I do not wish to comment.”
First Published: Feb 04, 2017 23:00 IST