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After six decades in politics, Karnataka former CM SM Krishna calls it a day | Bengaluru News

BENGALURU: SM Krishna, former Karnataka chief minister who also served as external affairs minister for nearly three years, on Wednesday announced his retirement from active politics citing age as the reason. “I am 90 years old now,” Krishna told reporters in Bengaluru. “At this age, one cannot pretend to be 50.
One should be aware of his age. So, I have decided to retire from public life.” Krishna’s announcement comes just four months prior to assembly polls in Karnataka. But a senior BJP functionary said: “It is just a formality as he has not been active in politics for the past few years.” Asked if his decision to retire was prompted by BJP’s apparent neglect towards him, Krishna said: “When I have decided to retire, the question of BJP neglecting me does not arise.” A Fulbright Scholar, Krishna began his political journey in 1962 by winning the Maddur assembly segment in Mandya as an independent.
He went on to join Congress and become chief minister of the state between 1999 and 2004. He also served as Maharashtra governor (2004–08) and external affairs minister between 2009 and 2012. He also represented Mandya three times in the Lok Sabha. In 2017, Krishna sprang a surprise by joining BJP, while accusing Congress of sidelining him. “The Congress leadership is in a state of confusion on whether it needs mass leaders or not,” he had said. Krishna’s criticism of Congress evoked a sharp reaction from Congressmen, who accused the former CM of ditching the party after enjoying top positions



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