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Barely two months after quitting Congress, India’s former External Affairs Minister and former Karnataka Chief Minister SM Krishna will join Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) on Tuesday, March 21.

Krishna was scheduled to join BJP last week on March 15 after meeting the party president Amit Shah in New Delhi, but could not, following the death of his sister Sunitha.

BJP Karnataka state president BS Yeddyurappa officially requested SM Krishna to join the party on March 6.

Krishna, 84, resigned from the Congress party on January 29 after he was being “sidelined” by the party leadership.

Krishna’s anointment will be a major boost to the BJP party in the state of Karnataka.

The ex-Congressman comes onboard with more than 45 years of political experience, which will strongly increase BJP’s chances of expanding itself after a historic victory in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

In fact BJP went on to form the government in four out of five states that went to the assembly elections recently.

Punjab was the only consolation for Congress, as BJP swiftly stitched up a coalition government in Manipur and Goa despite it stood second to the congress in emerging the single largest party in the respective states.

Karnataka is slated to go for the assembly elections in April 2018.

First Published | 21 March 2017 4:51 PM
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