Venkataswamy attacks Sonia Gandhi

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Hyderabad, Feb 1 (PTI) A senior Congress leader fromTelangana G Venkataswamy today lashed out at the style offunctioning of party President Sonia Gandhi and demanded thatshe step down from her post and make way for an Indian.

He also criticised the party over moves to tie up with

Praja Rajyam Party headed by actor Chiranjeevi.

"I am demanding, Sonia should go," said Venkataswamy,a former Union Minister and a former member of the CongressWorking Committee (CWC).

In a no-holds-barred attack on Congress leadership,Venkataswamy (82) alleged that corruption has grown and thatthe nation and party were suffering from various ills.

All senior Congress leaders have been shown the doorand only a few leaders are calling the shots in the party, healleged.

"This AICC is going against Gandhi, Nehru and IndiraGandhi. I have seen and worked in Congress under PanditJawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi. I got interviews quicklythen. But now, I asked for appointment thrice in recent times.

But 10, Janpath is like that," he said.

Venkataswamy''s younger son G Vivek now representsPeddapally Lok Sabha seat which was held by him earlier.

Taking serious exception to the Congress highcommand''s invitation to Chiranjeevi for a meeting with SoniaGandhi, Venkataswamy claimed that the move has lowered thestature of Congress.

"What is the need to send Defence Minister and partysenior leader A K Antony to meet Chiranjeevi. He foughtagainst Congress. The 125-year-old Congress has gone begging.

All senior Congressmen were shocked over this," he said.

Maintaining that party''s strength is deterioratingfast under Sonia''s leadership, he said she should make way fora leader who came from the grass roots.

"Congress is now restricted to four or five states. Idon''t think it would do well in the coming future. She did notcome from grass roots. Someone who has grown from grassrootsshould be the party leader," he said.

In a political career spanning about five decades,Venkataswamy, a dalit leader, was elected to legislativeassembly, legislative council, Parliament seven times and heldvarious positions like Union Minister, state Congresspresident and deputy leader of party in the Parliament amongothers.

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