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Former Karnataka CM S M Krishna quits active politics

 

In a sudden development, veteran Congress leader SM Krishna has quit the party, reports ANI. He has sent his resignation from Congress Working Committee and the party too. It remains to be seen if Sonia Gandhi accepts his resignation or not.

SM Krishna was the Karnataka CM from 1999 to 2004. He was the External affairs Minister in the Manmohan Singh government serving in the role for three years from 2009 to 2012. 84-year-old SM Krishna wanted a second innings back in Karnataka state politics but was.

 somehow relegated to the sidelines. His abrupt retirement from active politics is perhaps a reflection of his falling stock inside the state Congress machinery.

As the news broke out, apparently surprised state Congress leaders said they were not aware of the development and rushed to his residence to meet Krishna who was away at a function. “I am not aware of it. If it is true, I can’t even believe it. I do not want to react now,” KPCC President and state Home Minister G Parameshwara told reporters.

“We had not sidelined him in any matter from any angle. He is one of the most likeable leaders of our party…the party had not sidelined him,” he said. State Congress Working President Dinesh Gundu Rao also said he had no information. “Without officially knowing I can’t react. “Krishna is a senior leader who has always played politics with dignity. He has always played positive politics,” he said.

The development has hit the Karnataka Congress at a time when a section of partymen are unhappy over the style of functioning of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who is also facing an aggressive BJP which is hoping to stage a comeback to power in the 2018 Assembly polls.

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