Karnataka Congress veteran SM Krishna joins BJP; set to campaign in bypolls

Krishna joined the BJP at a programme in the presence of party chief Amit Shah and other key leaders.

Published: 22nd March 2017 06:48 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd March 2017 09:23 PM   |  A+A-

Former senior Congress leader from Karnataka, SM Krishna, joins BJP in the presence of party president Amit Shah (Shekhar Yadav | EPS)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI/BENGALURU: Former Chief Minister SM Krishna, who recently quit the Congress, joined the BJP in the presence of party national president Amit Shah, union ministers Ananth Kumar, DV Sadananda Gowda and other senior leaders in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Speaking on the occasion, 84-year-old Krishna praised the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah. "They have taken the country to great heights. I am grateful today that I am joining the party which is led by great leaders. I see great India emerging under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and ably supported by party president Amit Shah."

Krishna said these two leaders "have taken the country to great heights and this is not an exaggeration".

BJP has not spelt out any role or responsibility for Krishna in the party. But sources said he was likely to participate in one round of campaigning for BJP candidates in the April 9 Nanjangud and Gundlupet bypolls.

A senior BJP leader told Express that Krishna would play an active role to help the party win big in Bengaluru which has 28 Assembly seats and expand its base in old Mysuru region of Mandya, Mysuru and Ramanagara districts, ahead of the 2018 Assembly elections.


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