Union steel Minister and Congress leader Beni Prasad Verma on Thursday threatened to quit the party saying that he had been humiliated after he was reprimanded by party for comments against Mulayam Singh Yadav.
After Beni Prasad’s ‘PM’s sweeper’ statement against SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav created a controversy, Congress had on Wednesday announced that Beni was remorseful of his comments.
Verma 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 said.
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."
Beni's anti-Mulayam remark comes at a time when Congress is seeking to keep Samajwadi Party, a key outside supporter of the UPA government, in good humour.