Veteran Congress leader and former Union Minister for External Affairs S M Krishna has tendered his resignation from the primary membership of the party on Saturday for having sidelined him in the party.
Krishna, 85-years-old, one of the tallest Congress leaders, sent a letter to AICC President Sonia Gandhi, informing her of his decision to resign from the party’s primary membership. He is also a permanent invitee to the Congress Working Committee (CWC).
Reliable sources said that Krishna was dejected as the party high command refused to pay heed to his suggestions on issues related to the government and party in Karnataka. In addition, he was unhappy with the party’s decision not to make him a member of the Rajya Sabha, in the June 2016 elections.
Meanwhile, Krishna’s decision has come as a shocker to Congress leaders as they fear that this may antagonise the Vokkaliga community, a dominant community in the state. The community is said to be feeling sidelined as the Siddaramaiah Government has been giving priority to AHINDA (Kannada acronym for minorities, Backward Classes and Dalits). Since Krishna’s resignation as the Minister for External Affairs in 2012, he has become a lonely figure in the party.
Karnatka Congress Working President Dinesh Gundu Rao described Krishna as a dignified person, who is a role model to all politicians. ‘I am unaware of his decision to quit the Congress and may have taken the decision to resign as he is not active in politics,’ said Rao..