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Venkataswamy in trouble after anti-Sonia remarks

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader from Andhra Pradesh G Venkataswamy, 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, Venkataswamy alleged corruption has grown and that the nation and party were suffering from various ills.

Congress sources said Venkataswamy`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 Venkataswamy had made such a statement it was "very unfortunate" and he should not have made such remarks.

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