BENGALURU: Former external affairs minister and senior Congress leader S M Krishna on Thursday urged both the central and state governments to turn the global slide in oil prices to the advantage of the state.
Speaking to reporters at his residence after receiving New Year greetings from KPCC president G Parameshwara, Krishna said, “The slide in oil prices in the international market should be a boon to the developing countries of the world.”
Krishna, who has been keeping a low profile after his unceremonious removal from the Union cabinet in 2012, ruled out retirement from politics. “There is no space for retirement for politicians as in the case of a soldier,” said the octogenarian Congress leader, who was also the chief minister for five years.
Maintaining that change is the natural ally of politics, he said, “Politics is not stagnant water and it keeps changing.” He predicted changes in both state and central politics. “It could happen anytime — either immediately or in the near future — but change is certain,” he said. In an oblique reference to the aspirations of Paameshwara to become deputy chief minister, he said, “I wish him to become what he wants to.”