In a surprising development that has come as a shock to the Congress party, veteran leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister S.M. Krishna has informed the party about his decision to not renew his primary membership of the party. Krishna said that he has decided to retire from active politics, as he along with other senior leaders, were being sidelined in the State Congress.
Krishna has been with the Congress party since the last five decades, and has held key posts during his career, including that of External Affairs Minister and Governor of Maharashtra. He said that he has called a press conference at his residence on Sunday, where he will formally announce his decision to retire from active politics. Krishna refused to provide any more details about his decision.
According to party sources, Krishna has written a letter to party President Sonia Gandhi, in which, he has stated that he does not intend to renew his party membership and would be retiring from active politics. When prominent Congress leaders got to know about this development, they expressed their shock and requested Krishna to reconsider his decision. They said that they need Krishna to guide the party and also the ruling government in the state of Karnataka.