New Delhi: Former Karnataka chief minister SM Krishna has claimed that constant interference of Rahul Gandhi forced him to quit the party. Former external affairs minister also blamed Gandhi scion of creating an unbearable environment in the party. Notably, he was external affairs minister from 2009 to 2014 during Manmohan Singh tenure.

“There was a suffocating environment in the party. I was handling the portfolio efficiently for three and a half years. But Rahul issued an order that leaders who reached 80 years should not hold any ministry. I was disappointed and resigned, he said.

He further added, “Ten years ago, Rahul was an MP and didn’t hold any party post but would interfere in all matters. Even though Manmohan Singh was the Prime Minister, many subjects were taken up without bringing it to his notice. Congress did not have any control over alliance parties. It was then that all major scams like 2G spectrum, Commonwealth and coal were reported. Such situations arise when there’s no able leadership in the country.”

In 2017, Krishna had quit the grand old opposition party and joined the saffron party.  SM Krishna has also served as Maharashtra governor. He was Karnataka Chief Minister from 1999 to 2004 and then became the Union external affairs minister. Rahul Gandhi took over the Congress from his mother Sonia Gandhi officially in December 2017.