Tuesday, February 01, 2011

PANIC in Congress. "I am demanding that Sonia Gandhi should go," says 82 yr old CWC member, G. Venkat Swamy

फ़ेब् १, २०११

dead man talking?

how long do you think venkat swamy will last?

is this the 'mubarak effect'?

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CWC member Venkat Swamy demands Sonia's ouster 

01 Feb 2011 08:10:59 PM IST

HYDERABAD: Congress Working Committee (CWC) member and senior party leader G.Venkat Swamy Tuesday demanded resignation of Sonia Gandhi as party president, blaming her for the mushrooming corruption scandals and poll reverses of the party in several states.

In his attack on the party chief, which came as a surprise for political observers, the veteran Andhra leader said Sonia Gandhi should step down and give chance to a new leader. Raising the issue of her foreign origin, he said the party needs a leader born in India.

The former union minister said corruption can be eliminated and the Congress party can be saved only if Gandhi steps down as the party president. "I am demanding that Sonia Gandhi should go," said the 82-year-old leader.

Blaming her for the defeat of the party in many states, he said if she continued as the party president, it would lose even the five states where it is currently in power.

"Congress has a glorious history of 125 years but see its plight today. Out of 29 states, it is in power in only five states and if Sonia Gandhi continues as party president, it will lose even those states," said Venkat Swamy.

He also termed as "shameful" the visit of senior party leader and Defence Minister A.K. Antony to the house of Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) chief K.Chiranjeevi to seek his support for the Congress government in the state.

"It is shocking for a senior leader like me. As an envoy of Sonia Gandhi, Antony drove straight from the airport to Chiranjeevi's house. A party like the Congress is going with a begging bowl to the house of a 'nachne wala' (actor) who fought elections against the same Congress party," said the leader from Telangana.

He also alleged that when Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy was the chief minister, his friend and advisor K.V.P.Ramachandra Rao often visited Delhi to give "gifts" to Congress leaders.

Venkat Swamy said the Congress had deviated from the principles of Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi and was now trying to join hands with anybody for power. "Victory or defeat is not important. Even Indira Gandhi lost but she never compromised on principles," he said.

The CWC member alleged that senior leader like him was being sidelined by Gandhi and was not being given an appointment. He claimed he enjoyed free access to top leaders like Nehru and Indira Gandhi.

"Who can expel me from the Congress party?" asked the veteran leader in reply to a query if he is not afraid of disciplinary action. He made it clear that he would remain in the party till his last breath.

"Nation is more important than son," he said to a query if he fears action against his son and party MP G.Vivek.


'Venkat Swamy in for trouble' 

01 Feb 2011 09:25:05 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Senior Congress leader from Andhra Pradesh G Venkat Swamy, who demanded the resignation of Sonia Gandhi as party chief, is in for serious trouble with the party high command taking a serious note of his strident criticism of her.
"We have taken note of it", party General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi said when asked about the Telangana leader's attack on Gandhi.
The 82-year old former Deputy leader of the party in the Lok Sabha had demanded that Italy-born Sonia Gandhi step down as party chief and make way for an "Indian".
In a no-holds-barred attack on Congress leadership, Venkat Swamy alleged corruption has grown and that the nation and party were suffering from various ills.
Congress sources said Venkat Swamy's attack needed to be seen in the light of the fact that he was soon going to be out of the Congress Working Committee which Gandhi is reconstituting.
The sources said the party chief has the powers to summarily expel a CWC member if he resorted to anti-party activities.
Talking separately, Party spokesman Manish Tewari said if Venkata Swamy had made such a statement it was "very unfortunate" and he should not have made such remarks. 



Anoop's Blog said...

Venkatswamy will say that Sonia needs to go as his son's constituency is in Telangana..if he doesn't make such statements, they don't have a chance.

Non Carborundum said...

I think this is for real. There have been tussles between Chidambaram and PMO on one side and Sonia and slaves on the other for some time now and the anti-Congress tide possibly has strong US military industrial complex backing. Subramaniam Swamy recently said in an interview that Congress Govt. will fall by November. Hopefully a faction will break away from Congress.

Dinesh said...

Venkat Swamy is the true " BHARAT RATNA ", who could think like Patriotic Indian, unlike others who let the country looted on the name of coalition dharma.

Raghu said...

Dump the hag and dump the party. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
Imagine Tiwari as Mayawati's spokesman.

witan said...

I predict Venkataswamy will turn out to be another Sharad Pawar. No Congressee is to be trusted.

witan said...

Please see: Ready to withdraw comments against Sonia: Venkataswamy

I foresaw this in my earlier comment.

According to the report, he said, “I had to make those comments because I was worried that party may suffer in Telangana region. I am ready to withdraw all comments. I request her for a separate Telangana.” ... etc.

Vijay said...


This may be true, but it also shows some segments within Congress are uncomfortable with Sonia Maino.

It is time they come out in full force and voice their concerns.

R.Sajan said...

Is V Swamy a Catholic? Congress is now for Christians, Catholics and corruption. If V Swamy wants to continue in Congress, he might have to convert.