Beni targets SP chief again,Congress regrets remark

The Congress on Tuesday snubbed Beni Prasad Verma yet again after the Union minister launched

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:July 3, 2013 1:05 am

The Congress on Tuesday snubbed Beni Prasad Verma yet again after the Union minister launched a fresh attack on Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav,saying while he nurses the ambition to become the Prime Minister he is not even fit to sweep the Prime Minister’s residence.

The Congress not just distanced itself from his remarks,but termed his statement “regrettable”. Verma is a permanent invitee to the Congress Working Committee — the highest policy and decision-making body of the party.

Party spokesperson Meem Afzal said the Congress has nothing to do with his remarks and pointed out that the party had on an earlier occasion asked him to desist from making such remarks. “I do not know whether he has said anything like this,but if he has said it,it is regrettable. Mulayam Singh Yadav is a big leader and has been in politics for a long time. Verma was an old friend of Yadav,” he said.

Afzal said “the party totally distances itself from it” and added that it has nothing to do with it. He,however,parried questions on whether the party would initiate disciplinary action against Verma,saying he is a Union minister and wondered what action can the party take. Asked whether it meant that the Prime Minister should act in the matter,he said he was not suggesting that.

He said Verma has already been told by AICC general secretary Madhusudan Mistry,who is in charge of party affairs in UP,that he should desist from making such remarks.

Verma had landed the party in trouble several times earlier. Only last week,he had alleged that some Congress leaders worked as the B team of the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh and even gave party money to SP candidates to ensure the defeat of Congress nominees.

He had recently alleged that Mulayam Singh Yadav had links with terrorists after which he had to express regret.

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