Congress MP pained at not being made President of India
HYDERABAD: Congress MP G. Venkataswamy has expressed his displeasure at his party high command denying him nomination as the candidate for election to the President of India held earlier this year.
Addressing a meeting on weaker sections’ empowerment here on Saturday, he said he had sought to be nominated as the Congress party’s candidate from none other than AICC president Sonia Gandhi who summoned him to enquire about certain (political) statements that he made in the media.
Mr. Venkataswamy, who is a member of the Congress Working Committee and Deputy Leader of the party in Lok Sabha, said he had asked Ms. Gandhi whether he was ever involved in any scam as Minister at the Centre and State.
He had asked her whether there was anyone else senior than him in the AICC (to qualify for the post of President). He even reminded Ms. Gandhi that the party had let him down in the previous Presidential election too by not proposing his candidature.
When Ms. Gandhi acknowledged his seniority and his clean record, Mr. Venkataswamy said he asked her to nominate him for the post of President.
Ignoring his claim, the party pitched for a candidate who emerged “out of the blue”.
It showed how the leadership would not allow the weaker sections to come up, he added identifying himself as a member of these sections.
The Congress MP maintained that he had brought to the notice of Ms. Gandhi during the interaction how the State was neglected in the expansion of Central Cabinet last time.
Not a single Congress MP was inducted with Cabinet rank.
He had told her he was not interested in getting into the Central Cabinet. He wanted to be President.