MYSORE: It has been a happy moment for those who have a long association with the former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader S.M. Krishna on his induction as External Affairs Minister in the Manmohan Singh Cabinet.
Mr. Krishna’s teachers and political leaders in the old Mysore region fondly recall the moments they had with the suave politician.
Mr. Krishna, who studied up to graduation in Mysore, used to visit his teachers and friends whenever he had the opportunity during his visit to the city.
“He was a bright student. I had seen leadership qualities in him when he was studying at the Mahajana’s High School. He always used to participate in debates,” recalls G.S. Subrahamanyam, who was warden of Sri Ramakrishna Students’ Home, where Mr. Krishna stayed while studying in Mysore.
A retired English teacher of Sri Ramakrishna Vidyashala, Mr. Subrahmanyam had sensed that Mr Krishna would become a leader considering the qualities in him. “Mr Krishna was affectionate and used to mingle closely with his friends. He had great respect for his teachers,” he adds.
Mr. Krishna had invited Mr. Subrahmanyam, a Gandhian, to Raj Bhavan in Mumbai when he was appointed Maharashtra Governor.
Mr. Krishna’s sibling at Somanahalli in Maddur taluk, the native of Mr. Krishna, is ecstatic about his brother’s elevation as Cabinet Minister.
“I have no words to explain how I feel about his induction into the Cabinet. This recognition should have come long back, but I am happy that his seniority has been recognised,” says his younger brother S.M. Shankar.
Mr. Krishna had campaigned for Gurucharan, Shankar’s son, when he contested as Congress candidate in the byelection to Maddur constituency in December 2008.
“I have not got the chance to congratulate him after my brother’s induction into the cabinet. I know he is very busy, but I will speak to him soon,” he adds.
Members of the Mandya district Congress are in celebration mood ever since Mr. Krishna took oath on Friday. “It is the moment to rejoice since it is recognition to our leader, who got into national limelight when he put the State on the path of progress during his tenure as Chief Minister. He is a model for us,” said Mandya District Congress Committee president and K.R. Pet MLA K.B. Chandrashekar.
The former minister and Congress leader M.S. Atmananda, who is associated with Mr. Krishna for the past 25 years, described Mr Krishna’s appointment as honour to his seniority and political experience.
“After several years, the State is represented by two Cabinet Ministers which is a matter of pride for us. Though he is Minister for External Affairs, I am sure that Mr. Krishna will use his good offices to resolve issues such as sugarcane crisis and farmers’ issues in the State,” Mr. Atmananda said.