Former External Affairs Minister and ex-Chief Minister of Karnataka, who has been sidelined for quite some time and removed from the Congress Working Committee (CWC) has finally decided to quit altogether from the Congress party, with expectations that BJP may try to woo him.
The 84-year-old veteran Congress leader said he would announce his decision in a press conference on Sunday but reports based on sources close to him revealed that he had already sent his resignation to Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
Krishna was Karnataka CM from 1999 to 2004 and was Maharashtra Governor before he was made External Affairs Minister until 2012. His association with the party spanning over five decades will end with his exit. Krishna had earlier expressed his displeasure often for being sidelined in party affairs in the state and at the Centre.
Expressing his surprise, KPCC President and state Home Minister G Parameshwara told reporters that he was not aware of it. “We had not sidelined him in any matter from any angle. He is one of the most likeable leaders of our party,” he said.
When he was removed as External Affairs Minister in 2012 at the behest of Rahul Gandhi, expectations were strong that he would resign but he was persuaded by Sonia Gandhi to remain in the party.
BJP, which was defeated in the last Assembly elections amid corruption scandals, is hoping to return to power in the 2018 Assembly polls with the Congress government under Siddaramaiah often criticised for corruption and inertia. However, it may not come as surprise if he decides to extend his support to any other party on Sunday.