Hyderabad: Taking a serious exception to the veteran Congress leader, Mr G Venkatswamy’s remarks against the AICC president, Ms Sonia Gandhi, the MLC, Mr Rudraraju Padmaraju, has said that the former had made such allegations with a disturbed mind on account of his removal from CWC.
Speaking to the media at CLP office here on Sunday, Mr Padmaraju said that Mr Venkatswamy, who has been with the party for over 50 years, lowered his status by criticizing the Congress high command. He said that Mr Venkatswamy should know the fact that the CWC members’ list was increased because of spurt in the population
“It was Ms Sonia Gandhi’s discretion whom to retain in the CWC and whom to delete,” he added. Refuting the charges of Mr Venkatswamy that the Congress high command was keeping away the leaders, who were raising Telangana issue, from CWC, the MLC said that Mr V Hanumantha Rao, Mr Ponguleti Sudhakar Reddy and Mr G. Sanjeeva Reddy were all from Telangana region only. He also asserted that no Congress leader from the State was unhappy for inducting three Telangana leaders into AICC, he added.
Alleging that all the family members and relatives of Mr Venkatswamy were benefited from the Congress party, Mr Padmaraju said that it was not proper to him to make such baseless allegations against the high command.
Denying the allegations of Mr Venkatswamy against Mr Mukul Vasnik, who was inducted into the CWC, Mr Padmaraju said that it was not correct to criticize Mr Vasnik, who was a serious worker and served all his life to the party. Welcoming the appointment of Mr Gulam Nabi Azad as party State affairs in-charge, he said that it was not proper to Mr Venkatswamy to comment against Mr Azad. He said that Mr Azad was a good coordinator and had the history of uniting the leaders with a bus tour across the State before 2004 elections. It was good for the State party that Mr Azad was appointed as an in-charge of the State at a critical juncture.
Mr Padmaraju said that it was not correct to Mr Venkatswamy to criticize the party instead of supporting his family members and relatives who were with the party in good positions. He also said that the party workers would develop enmity with Mr Venkatswamy if he continued to criticize the party. (NSS)