Early Life of S.M. Krishna
S.M. Krishna was born in a village called 'Somanahalli' in the Maddur Taluk of Mandya District in 1932 to Late S.C. Mallaiah and Late Thayamma. He graduated in Arts from Maharaja's College, Mysore and received his Law degree from Government Law College, Bengaluru. After that he went to United States to study and studied at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and George Washington University, Washington D.C. He was a Fulbright Scholar. After coming back in India, he joined Renukacharya Law College, Bengaluru as a Professor of International Law.
Political Career of S.M. Krishna
In 1962, Krishna was nominated to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. In 1968, he made his first appearance in Indian Parliament and became a Member of the fourth Lok Sabha. S. M. Krishna was elected to the fifth Lok Sabha. However, he favoured to return to State Politics when he was elected to the Legislative Council in the year 1972. He was inducted as Minister for Commerce, Industries and Parliamentary Affairs. He held the charge till 1977. He returned to Lok Sabha in 1980, and was made Minister of State for Industry during 1983-84 under Indira Gandhi, and Minister of State for Finance during 1984-85 under Rajiv Gandhi.
In 1989, he became the Speaker of Karnataka Legislative Assembly. This post he held till 1992. In the year 1992, he became the Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka. He was elected to Rajya Sabha in 1996 and till October 1999, he was its member. Making Bengaluru investor friendly, he has contributed a lot. The partnership between the government and private sector was mainly encouraged by him. The commencement of the Bengaluru Action Task Force (BATF) is particular in that sense during his tenure ship as the chief minister of the state. Many initiatives were introduced by him in order to encourage investment in the Information Technology and BPO/ITES sectors. He is considered to be a very capable Chief Minister and an efficient administrator of the state of Karnataka. As Chief Minister of the state, he gave prime importance to the infrastructure management and improvement of the state as a whole.
In 1999, as KPCC president, he led his party to victory in the assembly polls and took over as Chief Minister of Karnataka, a post he held till 2004. He was also instrumental in creating power reforms with ESCOMS. He encouraged private public participation and was a forbearer of the Bangalore Advance Task Force. He later became the Governor of Maharashtra.
Important Posts Held by S.M. Krishna
S.M. Krishna filed his resignation as the Governor of Maharastra on 5 March 2008. (Former) President of India, Pratibha Devisingh Patil, accepted his resignation on 6th March. Subsequently, S.M. Krishna entered the upper house of the parliament, Rajya Sabha and took the oath of office as a Union Cabinet Minister of External Affairs in the Council of Ministers under Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on 22 May 2009.
He has also been associated with the World University Service. S.M. Krishna is an enthusiastic sportsperson and plays tennis regularly.
Personal Life of S.M. Krishna
On April 29, 1964, he married Prema and the couple has two daughters. He is by profession Attorney-At-Law.