Kolkata, 1 July-2014, India Today: A day after Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal faced sharp criticism for threatening to get CPI-M women raped as political retribution, his wife has apologised on behalf of him. Pal’s wife Nandini Pal said that her husband shouldn’t have used the word ‘rape’.
“I apologise to the people of the country for the comments made. The comments need to seen in the context, but he shouldn’t have used the term ‘rape’,” Nandini said.
Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal on Monday threatened to rape women members of the opposition in open.
The controversial comment triggered an uproar and sparked condemnation by opposition parties with CPI-M demanding that the Lok Sabha Speaker take suo motu cognisance of Pal’s outburst and disqualify him.
If CPI-M tries to kill and intimidate our workers, here I will not spare them. I will ask our boys to go and rape CPI-M women if necessary. I carry a revolver myself. I shall pull the trigger myself, Pal said.
“If any CPI-M man is present here. Listen to me. If you ever touch any Trinamool Congress worker or their families at Choumaha, you have to pay for this. Don’t try to act smart with me. I am smarter than you. I am not from Kolkata,” Pal said in a video of his speech at Choumaha village in Nadia district which surfaced on a vernacular TV news channel and went viral.
“I am from Chandannagar. Leaders are created by workers. I am also a goonda. I will shoot you guys if a Trinamool Congress worker is ever attacked. If you have the guts, then stop me. Keep this is in mind,” the actor-politician warned.
“Earlier, you guys have bullied me on various occasions. If you insult the mothers and daughters of Trinamool workers. Then I won’t spare you. I will let loose my boys in your homes and they will commit rape. I will teach each of you a lesson,” Pal said.
Pal, however, denied that he spoke about rape. “What I said was I will tell my workers to ‘raid’.”
The Trinamool Congress has however distanced itself from Pal’s insensitive statement.
Trinamool Congress doesn’t endorse the statement made by Tapas Pal, the statement was utterly insensitive, said Derek O’Brien.
“Where did he say this? I will have to check. If he has said this, then the party does not support such remarks,” West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said.
CPI-M leader Brinda Karat said the Lok Sabha Speaker should take immediate steps to cancel Pal’s membership. Her party colleague Md Salim said Pal’s threat showed the extent of “lawlessness” in TMC-ruled West Bengal.
Kiran Bedi, an activist, said the MP should be booked by police and arrested. Pal’s comment was also condemned by the Congress and the National Commission for Women (NCW).
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