Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: In contrast to reports of him regretting his anti-Mulayam diatribe, Congress leader Beni Prasad Verma on Thursday said that he would quit the party if it came in way of his fight with SP leadet Mulayam Singh Yadav.
"I believe in values...I can quit Congress any time or it can remove me...I can tender my resignation if Congress becomes an obstacle in my fight with Yadav," he said.
"I felt humiliated,can quit the party whenever i want.But i like the Congress becuase of clean leadership of Sonia ji," said Beni Prasad Verma.
"Samajwadi Party doesn`t have an answer to what i say, saying i am mad and I smoke weed makes no sense," Verma added.
After Beni Prasad’s ‘PM’s sweeper’ statement against SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav created a controversy, Congress had yesterday announced that Beni was remorseful of his comments.
"Beni Prasad Verma regretted his remarks against Mulayam Singh Yadav and said such things would not be repeated. He was warned and told that this is not the Congress culture and that he should desist from making such statements," AICC General Secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh Madhusudan Mistry said.
Mistry added that Congress leadership had taken the issue very seriously and conveyed to him the party`s displeasure over his remarks.
Verma, who has been a former friend and colleague of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, has been attacking Yadav for the last few months putting Congress in an embarrassing position as UPA is being supported from outside by SP.
Verma had last week alleged that that some Congress leaders worked as B-team of Samajwadi Party following which he was told that issues if any should be discussed within the party fora and not outside.
"Yadav wants to become Prime Minister. He should first try to get the job of a sweeper at the residence of the PM," 77-year Verma said at a programme in Uttar Pradesh`s Faizabad.
He prefaced his remark by alleging that the SP was a party based on "lies and fraud" and that it will be finished by the Congress.
Verma was once a close confidant of the Samajwadi Party supremo but was gradually sidelined after Amar Singh came into the picture. The Kurmi leader quit the party in 2007 and joined the Congress before 2009 Lok Sabha elections.
With PTI Inputs