S.M. Krishna joined BJP for his 'personal greed': Congress

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New Delhi [India], March, 22 (ANI): The Congress on Wednesday lashed out at the party's veteran leader S.M. Krishna after he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying that the grand-old party respected him but the former changed his allegiance for 'personal greed'. "From the past few years he (Krishna) was away from the party. The party gave him everything and we gave him lots of respect, and in spite of that if somebody changes his party for his personal greed then who can stop them," Congress leader P.L. Punia told ANI. Further tearing into the former Congress stalwart, Punia said that the development describes what kind of a person Krishna is and highlights his mentality. Earlier today, Krishna joined the BJP and stated that he would like to rededicate himself to the cause of the nation under the saffron party's banner. "I am deeply humbled that I am joining a political set-up which has given a great glory to the country and I would like to rededicate myself to the cause of the nation under the banner of the Bharatiya Janata Party," Krishna told the media here. Meanwhile, BJP president Amit Shah while welcoming Krishna in the party said that his contribution is appreciable and that the former Congress stalwart is a great asset of the nation. "On behalf of BJP I welcome him. His contribution will make our position strong in Karnataka," he said. Krishna had put off his plan last week after the death of his sister. Though he had reached New Delhi to hold consultations with Shah and to join the party, he had to rush back to Bengaluru after hearing the news of her death. 84-year-old Krishna had announced his resignation from the Congress on January 29, saying the party was in a "state of confusion" on whether it needed mass leaders or not. Krishna, who was the chief minister Karnataka from 1999 to 2004, had returned to state politics after stepping down as then External Affairs Minister in 2012. A trusted aide of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, Krishna is credited with setting up Bengaluru as the nation's IT hub. Later, he returned to Karnataka, hoping to play a role in state politics. He has also served as the Governor of Maharashtra. (ANI)