The former chief minister and former union minister of Congress I governments, SM Krishna who was heading state at the time of Dr Rajakumar kidnap by fugitive Veerappan and instrumental in release of Dr Rajakumar after 108 days knowing well simplicity, dedication, honest, humble nature besides being terrific actor has urged the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to give ‘Bharata Rathna’ to Dr Rajakumar posthomouly.
SM Krishna was speaking at the inauguration of ‘Dr Rajakumar National Festival’ at Ravindra Kalakshetra on Friday evening. Dr Raj represented Karnataka as one single person. You cannot get another person like Dr Rajakumar he felt.
On Dr Rajakumar kidnap by fugitive Veerappan, SM Krishna stated that Dr Rajakumar showed unique qualities in the difficult times. He did not protest on his capture. Veerappan at gun point called him and he just went with him (‘Banni Andru Ivru Nadiri Andru’).
Veerappan was a strategist. He was moving from place to places. He kept Dr Raj for 108 days. It was Karunanidhi chief minister at that time. He was helpful in doing some work. Nakkeeran Gopal was sent to meet Veerappan. SM Krishna knowing health condition of M Karunanidhi today wished speedy recovery for him.
I had seen complete innocence in this towering personality Dr Rajakumar. He deserves Bharata Rathna said Krishna that that got him huge applaud in the auditorium.