New Delhi: A sulking former Union minister SM Krishna, who was recently made a permanent invitee of Congress Working Committee, will skip the party`s Chintan Shivir in Jaipur this week.
Sources said Krishna, who also heads one of the sub-groups of the Shivir on `India and the World (Foreign Policy)`, has expressed inability to attend the party`s brainstorming meet.
He has told the party leadership that he had already given his agreement to attend a programme in Vietnam.
Krishna was made head of the sub-group in the last week December.
Sources close to Krishna, however, said he had already given his consent to attend a conference in Vietnam on January 18 and 19 for which he was invited by that country`s foreign minister.
The talk in Karnataka Congress is that 81-year-old Krishna is keen on another shot in power in the state, where he had earlier been Chief Minister. As the BJP-ruled state goes to polls in the next few months, Krishna wanted the party leadership to project him as its next PCC chief and chief ministerial face.
The sub-group `India and the World`, which will draft the party resolution on foreign affairs, has besides Krishna, Minister of External Affairs Salman Khurshid, Anand Sharma, Shashi Tharoor, Jyotiraditya Scindia, former Mizoram Chief Minister Lalthanhawla and a minister in Jammu and Kashmir government Nawang Rigzin Jora.