S M Krishna

S M Krishna

S M Krishna

Date of Birth : 1932

Mini Biography :

Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna, generally referred to as S. M. Krishna (born 1932) is the Indian Minister for External Affairs and a member of the Indian Parliament from Karnataka in the Rajya Sabha. He was the Chief Minister of Karnataka from 1999 to 2004 and the Governor of Maharashtra from 2004 to 2008.

S.M. Krishna is the son of S.C. Mallaiah. He completed his Bachelor’s in Arts from Maharaja’s College, Mysore and obtained a Law degree from University Law College, which was then known as Government Law College in Bangalore. Krishna studied in the United States, graduating from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and The George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C, where he was a Fulbright Scholar and later in the faculty where he taught International Law. Soon after his return to India, he got elected to the Karnataka legislative assembly in 1962.

He was married to Prema on April 29, 1964 and has two daughters. Krishna is an avid sportsperson and plays tennis regularly.

In addition, Krishna has served multiple terms as an MP from the Mandya district of Karnataka starting from 1968 in the 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th Lok Sabha. He served as minister under Indira Gandhi between 1983-84 and Rajiv Gandhi between 1984-85 as minister of state for industry and finance respectively. He was member of the Rajya Sabha in the years 1996 and 2006. He was member of the Karnataka legislative assembly and council at different times. Between 1989-1992 he was speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly and Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka.

In 1999, as KPCC president, he lead his party to victory in the assembly polls and took over as Chief Minister of Karnataka, a post he held till 2004. He is often credited as the father of modern Bangalore by making it the IT capital of India. He was also instrumental in creating power reforms with ESCOMS. He encouraged private public participation and was a forebearer of the Bangalore Advance Task Force. He later became the Governor of Maharastra.

Krishna resigned as Governor of Maharastra on March 5, 2008.Krishna entered the Rajya Sabha and subsequently took the oath of office as a Union Cabinet Minister of External Affairs in the Council of Ministers under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on May 22, 2009.

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