Venkataswamy may be shown the door by the Congress
Senior Congress leader from Andhra Pradesh G Venkataswamy, who caused a flutter demanding the resignation of Sonia Gandhi as party chief, could be shown the door.
New Delhi: Senior Congress leader from
Andhra Pradesh G Venkataswamy, who caused a flutter demanding
the resignation of Sonia Gandhi as party chief, could be shown
Indications to this effect were available with Union
Minister M Veerappa Moily, who is in charge of party affairs
in Andhra Pradesh, saying that his "viciousness" in attacking
Gandhi and his "arrogance" certainly warranted action.
Replying to questions, Moily, however, did not specify
the form of disciplinary action against the 82-year-old former
Deputy Leader of the party in the Lok Sabha.
Congress sources have said that the party chief has
the power to summarily expel even a CWC member for anti-party
"We have taken serious note of his arrogance, vicious
attitude and such actions definitely warrants action," Moily
Asked about the type of action he was referring to, he
merely said: "Wait and see."
Moily said Congress has given everything to
Venkataswamy and his family. "It is really shocking how he is
repaying his gratiute to the party which has endowed him the
highest benefits. He is highly ungrateful to a party which
nurtured him as a mother...(his remarks) are absolutely
absurd, irresponsible, insensitive and grossly violative of
the norms and standards of discipline on the Indian National
Congress," he said.
The Law Minister said he spoke with Venkataswamy this
morning with regard to the veracity of his statement.
"He said he has indeed made such a statement. I asked
him whether he will withdraw the statement, the remarks made
against the Congress president. He said no (he will not),"
Meanwhile, Venkataswamy said in Hyderabad that he
was 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 (Gandhi) separate Telangana".
The Telangana leader had demanded that Italy-born
Sonia Gandhi step down as party chief and make way for an
In a no-holds-barred attack on Congress leadership,
Venkataswamy alleged corruption has grown and that the nation
and party were suffering from various ills. He also criticised
the party over moves to tie up with Praja Rajyam Party headed
by actor Chiranjeevi.
Congress sources said Venkataswamy`s attack needed to
be seen in the light of the fact that he was soon going to be
out of the CWC which Gandhi is reconstituting.
Meanwhile, Congress MP from Andhra Pradesh V Arun
Kumar termed Venkataswamy`s outburst against Sonia Gandhi as a
Kumar, the MP from Rajahmundry in coastal Andhra, said
Venkataswamy, a CWC member, should not forget that he was one
among several Congress leaders who "bowed before Sonia Gandhi"
asking her to take over the reins of the party in 1998.
Kumar said Congress` decision to tie up with actor
Chiranjeevi`s Praja Rajyam Party is based on a proposal by
late Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.
"It was YSR who wrote a letter to Sonia Gandhi on May
18, 2009 two days after the elections saying that PRP should
be included in the cabinet to strengthen Congress," he said.
He said Venkatasamy should be "ashamed" of making such
a statement demanding the resignation of the Congress
"No one should forget the past...Venkatasamy left the
Congress in 1971 and again joined the party in 1973. He was
made a central minister. He should not forget the past," he
On Venkatasamy criticising Congress` moves to tie up
with PRP, Kumar said just because Chiranjeevi is an
"integrationist" it is not proper to say the party has bowed
"Telangana and integration of the state and tie up
with PRP are two different issues. He should not confuse the
two issues," he said.