Spokesperson of the Congress and MLC, Paladugu Venkata Rao, said that news about AICC president Sonia Gandhi being on the hit list of the Maoists was sad.

Addressing a press conference in Vijayawada on Tuesday, Mr Venkata Rao said that he was disturbed when he came across reports about her being on the Maoists’ hit list. Mr Venkata Rao appealed to the media not to print or broadcast such news because it would have an adverse impact.

He said Gandhi’s non-violence was the Indian way, but the ideology of the Maoists was violence. Ms. Gandhi belonged to a family that made several sacrifices for the nation and it would not augur well for the Maoists to put such a personality on the hit list, Mr Venkata Rao said.

Mr Venkata Rao said differences between Chief Minister N.Kiran Kumar Reddy and former Minister D.L.Ravindra Reddy led to the latter’s removal from the Cabinet. It was wrong of Mr Ravindra Reddy to say that Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy had given Prime Minister Manmohan Singh money.

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