Krishna Joins BJP
New Delhi: Former Chief Minister of Karnataka and senior Congress leader SM Krishna has joined the BJP in the presence of party chief Amit Shah. Krishna was a very successful chief minister who was responsible for making Bengaluru the IT destination.
SM Krishna was a foreign minister and a member of the Congress Working Committee. He is well educate and highly sophisticated. He felt ignored after the young scion of Nehru-Gandhi family, Rahul Gandhi, took over the reins of the party. He has not been consulted and his services were not used. He announced his resignation from the Congress a few weeks ago. BJP leader BS Yediyurappa told the media at that time that he has discussed with Krishna the possibility of his joining the BJP and said it would happen soon.
Krishna was in the Congress for 46 years. The veteran leader said at the time of resignation in January that the Congress did not need him. He said on Wednesday afternoon at the BJP headquarters here that the country has progressed because of the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.
As Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is going to face Assembly elections next year, the departure from the party of the tallest leader in South India sends confusing signals to the party workers. There may be large scale defections from the Congress to the BJP. A towering leader, Krishna’s joining would surely strengthen the BJP in Karnataka. The 84-year Krishna was chief minister of Karnataka between 1999 and 2004. He was a trusted aide of Indira Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.