Bengaluru: He's extremely guarded about the contents of his forthcoming memoir, but former chief minister and veteran BJP leader S.M. Krishna is sure about one thing - he will include a picture which adorns his study on an episode that is etched in his memory - the late prime minister Indira Gandhi's visiting his home to seek his support for the crucial 1978 Chikkamagalur Lok Sabha bypoll more than four decades ago. Though he had joined Congress (R) by then, he agreed to campaign for her in the bypoll.
“First, Mr Pranab Mukherjee came home and discussed the developments unfolding in the country, and conveyed Mrs Gandhi's request for my support.
I agreed and offered to meet her at Kumara Krupa guest house and discuss it with her. I believe she said then that ' I am getting suffocated in the guest house', and came to my house along with Mr R. Gundu Rao and other leaders. I pledged my support to Mrs Gandhi during her visit. This picture of that visit was presented to me at the Press Club of Bengaluru," he told Deccan Chronicle on Saturday.
His memoirs are scheduled for release in May 2019, soon after he turns 87.