I am ready to withdraw all comments: Venkataswamy

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Hyderabad, Feb 2 (PTI) Senior Congress leader from AndhraPradesh, G Venkataswamy, who created a flutter by demandingSonia Gandhi''s resignation as party president, today said heis ready to withdraw all his comments.

"I had to make those comments because I was worried thatparty may suffer in Telangana region. I am ready to withdrawall comments...I request her (Gandhi) separate Telangana," theoctogenarian leader said, appearing to be backtracking on theissue.

If I am expelled, party workers in Telangana would form anew outfit called Telangana Congress, he claimed.

Meanwhile, Venkataswamy''s son and Congress MP G Viveksaid he did not agree with the comments of his father and thathe has faith in the leadership of Sonia Gandhi.

Slamming Venkataswamy for his attack on Gandhi, YouthCongress activists met Andhra Pradesh Congress president DSrinivas at his residence here late last night and demandedthat disciplinary action be taken against him immediately.

In a no-holds-barred-attack on Gandhi, Venkataswamy, aDalit leader from Telangana region, yesterday alleged that theparty is fast losing its base all over the country and thatcorruption and inflation have risen under Sonia�s leadership.

He demanded that she step down from the post of partypresident and make way for an lndian who has risen from thegrass roots.

Taking exception to Congress high command''s move ofinviting Praja Rajyam chief Chiranjeevi for the two parties towork together, Venkataswamy said the decision has lowered thestature of Congress. Chiranjeevi supports united AndhraPradesh demand. .

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