Former external affairs minister and ex Karnataka CM, SM Krishna, has reportedly quit active politics. According to a report by TOI, the senior Congress leader sent a letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, asking her to relieve him from the party.
Krishna is one of Congress' primary members. He is scheduled to announce his decision on Sunday. According to news reports the senior Congressman is said to have been disappointed after being sidelined within the party at both the national and the state level.
Krishna was the CM of Karnataka between 1999 and 2004. He was instrumental in bringing the Congress party back to power in the state. At the time he was also the party's state President. In 2004, when Congress formed an alliance with JD(S) in Karnataka, Krishna was made the Maharashtra Governor.
The senior leader had failed to get a Rajya Sabha nomination from the Congress in 2014 but IIM B professor MV Rajeev Gowda was chosen. The move was made a few days after Rahul Gandhi had announced that young members would be brought into the party.
The Congress has been unable to find a position for Krishna ever since. He was also not considered for the post of governor I've any state since. A well-known face in Bengaluru, he garnered support for bringing in IT investments into the state. He is credited for making Bengaluru an IT hub.
He was the Vokkaliga face of the party in southern Karnataka. A well educated Krishna holds degrees from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and also the George Washington university law school in Washington DC. His political career began as an MLS in 1962.
Home Minister G Parameshwara expressed shock and said he was taken aback that a senior leader like Krishna had decided to quit the party