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TMC MP Tapas Pal apologises over controversial Rape remark

New Delhi 1 July-2014(PTI): TMC MP has written a letter to the party and has apologised for his remarks that triggered an uproar and sparked condemnation by opposition parties.

TMC MP Tapas Pal apologises over controversial Rape remark

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TMC leader Mukul Roy informed that Pal has apologised for making controversial comments.

In an insensitive comment, Pal had threatened to kill opposition CPI(M) workers and have their women raped if a single ruling party worker was attacked.

“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 had 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 had said.

Mamata Banerjee “deeply saddened” by Tapas Pal’s remarks

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee is “deeply saddened” by party MP Tapas Pal’s alleged remarks threatening to kill CPI(M) workers and have their women raped, party secretary general Partha Chatterjee said on Tuesday.

“Such kind of comment is condemnable. Our party leader is deeply saddened beyond comprehension. The matter came to her notice yesterday. He has been cautioned and an explanation has been sought from him. The party does not support this kind of conduct,” the West Bengal Education Minister said during a press conference at the Assembly premises.

Asked whether the administration would take action against the errant MP, he said “I have informed you about the views of the party. The administration will speak for itself.”

Another senior TMC leader and Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee said that a decision in this regard would be taken at a meeting of party MPs tomorrow.

The TMC supremo has convened the meeting to chalk out a strategy for the upcoming Budget Session of Parliament.

On Opposition’s hue and cry over the issue and demand for stern action against Pal, Chatterjee said “The CPI(M) has no right to say so, given what they had done in the past.

“It is not that we have to follow the footsteps of what others had done,” Chatterjee said referring to instances of senior CPI(M) leader Anisur Rahman’s derogatory comments against Banerjee at in 2012 and Banerjee being pulled by the hair and driven out from the Writers Building when Jyoti Basu was chief minister.

TMC yesterday demanded from the actor-turned MP to give an explanation in writing within 48 hours on why he made such remarks.

Pal, a film actor, was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Krishnagar constituency in Nadia district twice on TMC ticket in 2009 and 2014.

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