Krishna gripped with world affairs

Krishna gripped with world affairs

Violence in Vienna, the issue of rehabilitation of war-affected Tamilians in the Sri Lanka, series of bomb blasts in Pakistan - all these kept him engaged in Delhi.

He at last managed to fly down to the city for the first time on Thursday to spend some time with friends and family members during the weekend. But the flood of his supporters and well-wishers at his Sadashivanagar residence on Friday, kept him busy here also.

Krishna’s well-wishers had queued up to meet the leader and greet him right from the morning. And he could give not more than a few seconds to each of the visitor no matter who the person was.

The entire road in front of his residence in Sadashivanagar was jam-packed with four-wheelers. 

As if rush of supporters was not enough, the issue of alleged racist attack on Indian students in Australia came up. On and off he would shut himself in his home office to receive calls from overseas. He would also brief the media about the developments.

This is not all. He received another call from Prime Minister’s Office from Delhi. Krishna was asked to be in the national capital by evening to attend the Union Cabinet meeting scheduled to be held on Saturday.

Nevertheless, Krishna had maintained his composure. “It is a hectic job and the responsibility is heavy. The Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have recognised my potential and given this assignment,” he said.

Asked about his being oldest among the cabinet ministers, 77-year old leader said: “I have the distinction of being the eldest. The Union Ministry has a mix of both young and old”.

As per his revised itinerary, he is likely to come back to Bangalore on Saturday evening and would return to Delhi either on Sunday evening or Monday morning.