BS Yeddyurappa says former Congress leader SM Krishna will join BJP
BS Yeddyurappa, the Karnataka president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, said on Saturday that ex-Congress leader SM Krishna will join the saffron party.india Updated: Feb 04, 2017 21:36 IST
BS Yeddyurappa, the Karnataka president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, said on Saturday that ex-Congress leader SM Krishna was expected to join the saffron party soon.
On January 29 Krishna resigned from all the posts held by him in the Congress. He resigned from the grand old party and Congress Working Committee as well.
The Congressman is said to have written a letter to party president Sonia Gandhi, apprising her of his decision.
“He (SM Krishna) has decided to join BJP, when we don’t know, will fix it soon. He is joining 100%,” ANI quoted Yeddyurappa as saying.
The 84-year-old first became a Member of Parliament (MP) in 1968 from Mandya. Krishna led the Congress to victory in Karnataka in 1999 and served as the chief minister till 2004.
He also served as the governor of Maharashtra for the period 2004-2008. Krishna was also made the minister for external affairs in Manmohan Singh’s cabinet, and resigned from it in 2012.
It is not clear what prompted Krishna to take such a decision. However, he has called a press conference on Sunday, where he is expected to speak about his decision.
Congress sources said Krishna was feeling “suffocated” in the party for a long time. Though inducted into the CWC, he was not given any important organisational role either at the national level or in the state. He hardly attended meetings of the party’s highest decision making body.
First Published: Feb 04, 2017 11:40 IST