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Expel him, says Shankar Rao

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HYDERABAD: Minister for Handlooms & Textiles P. Shankar Rao has demanded expulsion from the Congress party of G. Venkataswamy, who is his father-in-law, for his outburst on Tuesday against All India Congress Committee (AICC) president Sonia Gandhi.

He alleged that his father-in-law was “mentally unstable”.

Provocation

In a strongly-worded statement here on Wednesday, Mr. Shankar Rao said the immediate provocation for the outbursts by his father-in-law was not attempts being made to forge an alliance between Congress and Praja Rajyam but the State government's reluctance to help him (Venkataswamy) grab valuable lands illegally from actor Srikanth at Hyderabad.

‘Benefited immensely'

He said his father-in-law had benefited immensely from successive governments at the Centre and in the State during his lifetime.

The Minister for Handlooms and Textiles, who left for Istanbul in Turkey on Wednesday morning to supervise arrangements there for opening Andhra Pradesh stalls at the Win-2011 exhibition on produce from small scale industries, said Mr. Venkataswamy had become a disgrace to the party for resorting to blackmailing tactics.

Outrageous

It was outrageous of him to criticise Ms. Gandhi after deriving full benefits from the Congress and making negligible contribution to it.

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