Venkataswamy backtracks comment on Sonia

Senior Congress leader from Andhra Pradesh, G Venkataswamy, who created a flutter by demanding Sonia Gandhi`s resignation as party president, Wednesday, said he is ready to withdraw all his comments.

Updated: Feb 02, 2011, 13:51 PM IST

Hyderabad: Senior Congress leader from Andhra
Pradesh, G Venkataswamy, who created a flutter by demanding
Sonia Gandhi`s resignation as party president, Wednesday, said he
is ready to withdraw all his comments.

"I had to make those comments because I was worried that party may suffer in Telangana region. I am ready to withdraw
all comments...I request her separate Telangana," the
octogenarian leader said, appearing to be backtracking on the
issue. “If I am expelled, party workers in Telangana would form a
new outfit called Telangana Congress, he claimed.

Meanwhile, Venkataswamy`s son and Congress MP G Vivek
said he did not agree with the comments of his father and that
he has faith in the leadership of Sonia Gandhi.

Slamming Venkataswamy for his attack on Gandhi, Youth
Congress activists met Andhra Pradesh Congress president D
Srinivas at his residence here late last night and demanded
that disciplinary action be taken against him immediately.

In a no-holds-barred-attack on Gandhi, Venkataswamy, a
Dalit leader from Telangana region on Tuesday had alleged that the
party is fast losing its base all over the country and that
corruption and inflation have risen under Sonia’s leadership.
He demanded that she step down from the post of party
president and make way for an lndian who has risen from the
grass roots.

Taking exception to Congress high command`s move of
inviting Praja Rajyam chief Chiranjeevi for the two parties to
work together, Venkataswamy said the decision has lowered the
stature of Congress. Chiranjeevi supports united Andhra
Pradesh demand.

PTI