New Delhi: The Congress has termed as ‘disgusting’ senior leader SM Krishna’s comments that party president Rahul Gandhi’s interference forced him to quit. Krishna went on to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Also Read - Mamata Banerjee Urges EC To Merge Remaining Phases of Bengal Polls Into One Amid COVID Cases Surge
Talking to ANI, Karnataka PCC President Dinesh Gundu Rao said on Sunday, “Today when I hear his statements, even that 1% of respect I had for him is gone. For a person of his stature to speak like this, is absolutely disgusting. I don’t know what is making him speak like this.” Also Read - Karnataka Makes RT-PCR Test Mandatory For Kumbh Mela Returnees As COVID Cases Rise in State
His reaction came a day after former Karnataka chief minister SM Krishna said that Rahul Gandhi’s constant interference forced him to quit the party. Also Read - No Plans To Club Remaining West Bengal Poll Phases into One, Says Election Commission
Rao further said, “People even in their old age don’t seem to have enough, want for more recognition drives them to say such things. No damage to our party, it only damages his legacy. No BJP person is going to remember SM Krishna, it will only be Congress who will talk about him.”
The controversy has started after Krishna blamed the Gandhi scion for creating an unbearable environment in the party. “I was the external affairs minister for 3.5 years. Manmohan Singh had no say over that portfolio. Rahul Gandhi was then a nobody, not even a General Secretary. He issued a diktat that those above 80 years of age cannot be a minister. When I heard that, I submitted my resignation and came to Bangalore,” Krishna said.
He also said, “There were matters that were never brought to notice of even the minister. The Cabinet was in discussion over passing an ordinance. But Rahul Gandhi, who was somewhere, tore a copy of the ordinance. It’s what they call extra-constitutional authority.”
In 2017, Krishna had quit the grand old party and joined the BJP. He has also served as the Maharashtra governor. He was Karnataka Chief Minister from 1999 to 2004 and then became the Union External Affairs Minister.