Former chief minister and former union external affairs minister S M Krishna left Bengaluru to meet BJP national president Amit Shah in New Delhi on Monday.
According to sources, Krishna is flying to the national capital to finalise his intended entry into the BJP. This meeting is of great significance and the date of joining would be announced by evening.
According to BJP sources, Krishna will be joining the party in a day or two and is expected to return to Mysuru area to canvas for former minister V Srinivasa Prasad who is contesting as a BJP candidate in the by-polls for Nanjangud Assembly seat.
The former Congress leader was scheduled to join BJP last week, but it got postponed as he had to return back to Bengaluru following his sister’s demise. Krishna and Prasad had worked closely together during their stint with the Congress, and the latter had also visited Krishna to draw the veteran into the BJP.
If everything goes as planned and Krishna joins the BJP within two days, he is expected to join the campaign along with Srinivas Prasad, which gives high hopes for the BJP to win.
The move may solidify BJP’s presence in districts with a high Vokkaliga population as 84-year-old Krishna had won multiple elections in the past due to the community votes.
S R Hiremath appeals Amit Shah
Social activist and head of Samaj Parivartana S R Hiremath has appealed to Amit Shah against inducting Krishna into the party and is expected to write a letter to Amit Shah, PM Narendra Modi and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitely not to induct Krishna into the BJP.
Speaking to media persons at an event in Hubballi, he said that Krishna had a tainted record during his stint as the chief minister of Karnataka and alleged that Krishna was involved in many irregularities including the fake stamp paper case and had supported his son-in- law V G Siddhartha to accumulate huge wealth by illegal means.
“Krishna joining the BJP will disrupt Modi’s fight against corruption and black money,” he added.-KK, NGB