Beni Verma’s remarks against Mulayam his personal: Sonia Gandhi
New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday disowned Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma’s controversial remarks against Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, saying the same were his personal comments and not party’s views.
Gandhi made the remarks when she met Mulayam here.
Verma was earlier ticked off by the Congress after his comments against the SP chief created a controversy.
Meanwhile, Verma is currently meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the wake of the controversy.
The minister had made a statement that Mulayam allegedly had "terrorist links".
He yesterday rubbished reports that he was quitting the Congress.
"Log jhooth bool rahe hein. Hum jeevan bhar Congress mein rehenge. Jo log bool rahe hein unko bolne do (People are lying. I will remain in Congress all my life. Let people say what they want to say," Verma said.
The minister was asked if he was considering quitting the Cabinet or the Congress party in view of the party disapproving his comments against Mulayam.
Verma had not attended the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) meeting last morning leading to speculation that he might be contemplating quitting Congress and warming up to other parties like BSP ahead of the next Lok Sabha Elections.
Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi had on Monday made the party's displeasure clear over Verma's remarks clear by saying it has "taken this issue very seriously”.