Cabinet berth unexpected, says KrishnaMay 22nd, 2009 - 10:37 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Veteran Congress leader S.M. Krishna Friday termed his induction in the central cabinet as “unexpected”.
Krishna told a television news channel that “it was an unexpected call” for him as he was asked to be present for the swearing-in ceremony Friday evening at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Former Karnataka chief minister Krishna, however, denied the suggestion that he was being rewarded for his “loyalty” to the Gandhi family.
Referring to his successful electoral battles in his home state, Krishna said: “I have established my own identity and significance in Karnataka politics and this has been taken into account for my induction in the cabinet.”
Refusing to confirm or deny the speculation that he might be given the external affairs portfolio, Krishna said he would work with whichever ministry “the prime minister allocates” him.
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