Politicians are two-faced, says SM Krishna

Politicians are two-faced, says SM Krishna

“Politicians who eagerly claim credit for good rains, however, conveniently disassociate themselves from  drought situations,” said senior Congress leader S M Krishna on Thursday.

This stands testimony to the fact that politicians are “two-faced”, said Krishna, while addressing the gathering after releasing the book ‘The Talking Shop’, written by former Congress MP, A H Vishwanath. ‘The Talking Shop’ is Vishwanath’s sixth book. Written in Kannada, it gives a glimpse into the British parliamentary system.

Krishna said politicians often get drawn into playing “dirty” politics, which also intensified enmity among other political leaders.

“Politicians nurse grudges and enmity, which is always fuelled by our supporters and followers. We are forced to listen to them. The differences unfortunately spill over in the legislature, where disrespect is exhibited.

However it’s important that we as politicians maintain mutual respect and dignity,” he said.

Drawing a comparison between the British and the Indian parliamentarians, Krishna said policymakers in the United Kingdom rarely broke a parliamentarian’s code.

He narrated the instance of US President Barack Obama overlooking protocol to better his country’s relations with India.

“As external affairs minister, I was scheduled to meet my US counterpart Hillary Clinton at the White House for furthering the strategic talks. However, both Clinton and I were surprised to learn that Obama himself was coming to the State department, which has never happened in the history of US politics. For the first time, Obama broke the record.”

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