Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma, who created yet another row with his anti-Mulayam Singh Yadav remark, was on Wednesday reprimanded by the Congress leadership after which he expressed regret and promised not to repeat it again.
"Beni Prasad Verma regretted his remarks against Mulayam Singh Yadav and said such things would not be repeated. He was warned and told that this is not the Congress culture and that he should desist from making such statements," AICC General Secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh Madhusudan Mistry told reporters here.
He maintained that the Congress leadership has taken this issue very seriously.
Mistry had called Verma to his residence in the morning and conveyed to him the party's displeasure over his remarks.
"The matter ends here," Mistry said. Verma had said the Samajwadi Party supremo has ambitions of becoming the Prime Minister but he should "first try to get the job of a sweeper at the residence of the PM."
The latest remark come at a time when Congress is seeking to keep Samajwadi Party, a key outside supporter of the UPA government, in good humour.
Mistry downplayed SP leader Azam Khan's remarks against him, saying one should desist from targeting individuals in politics.
Citing his own example, Mistry said he was a known detractor of Narendra Modi but has never made any personal comments against the Gujarat chief minister.