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Congressmen prepare to welcome Krishna to Karnataka politics

Posted on Nov 01, 07:56PM | UNI

Congress leaders in Karnataka have planned a grand reception to former External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on his arrival in the city tomorrow after relinquishing his ministership.

Though the 80-year-old veteran Congress leader is reluctant to lead the party in the 2013 Assembly elections, the Congress leaders are convinced that his return to the state politics will bolster the party's chances to bounce back to power.

Mr Krishna had made the way to Salman Khurshid as External Affairs Minister in the recent reshuffle of the Union Cabinet and the leaders believe that he would lead the party in the next elections.

However, the former chief minister had favoured younger leaders to come to the fore but has promised that he would be available for any advise if they needed in bringing the party back to power.

'We are excited over Mr Krishna's return and we are sure that he will play a major role in the party's quest to return to power,' a Congress leader said today.

Flex and banners have already come up on Bellary road leading to the airport and the Congress functionaries have decided to bring Mr Krishna in a procession from the airport about 30 km away from the city.

Besides KPCC president G Parameshwara, opposition leader in Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah, opposition leader in Council S R Patil and other leaders are expected to receive Mr Krishna, party sources said.