New Dehli: Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma skipped the Congress Parliamentary Party meet on Tuesday, fuelling speculation as to whether he is planning to quit the grand old party.
Beni Prasad Verma has been under attack for his remarks against Mulayam Singh Yadav. He had accused the Samajwadi Party supremo of being a protector of ‘terrorists’. He was rebuked for the same by the Congress, as a result of which he went into a sulk and did not attend the Cabinet meet yesterday.
Beni had said that though Mayawati was corrupt, Mulayam was a ‘goonda’ and a sympathiser of terrorists. As per news reports, Beni was warming up to the Bhaujan Samaj Party and had met its leader Satish Chandra Mishra. However, he has not had any parleys with BSP supremo Mayawati.
The Samajwadi Party had asked for the resignation of Beni Prasad for his comments against Mulayam as well as an apology. However, the Union Steel Minister sticking to his stand said that he would not apologise as he had not said anything which was wrong.
"Who is Mulayam to ask for my removal? Has he made me the minister? He should apologise, for he has betrayed the nation," Beni had retorted.
While speaking in the Lok Sabha, Verma had said that SP fought the Gujarat Assembly polls after 2002 riots along with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and helped Narendra Modi come to power.
"For me, terrorism has no religion, no colour. The demolition of Babri Masjid and the post-Godhra riots are also terrorist incidents. "But he (Mulayam) joined hands with those who demolished Babri Masjid, like Kalyan Singh. His party also helped BJP to win in Gujarat," the minister had said.
Verma, a friend-turned-foe of Yadav, has often found himself at the centre of controversies over his remarks.