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Anisur rap

Calcutta, Dec. 28: The CPM leadership is scrambling to control the damage MLA Anisur Rahman’s remarks against Mamata Banerjee have caused to the party, especially at a time its graph is “rising’’ because of the Trinamul government’s policies and actions.

“Such irresponsible and gender-insensitive comments are bound to affect the organisation. We know how much damage these things can cause and we are concerned about that, particularly when we are trying to strengthen the organisation,” CPM state secretariat member Mohammad Salim said today.

Salim said Rahman, who made derogatory references to the chief minister while referring to monetary compensation for rape victims, had been warned against a repetition. “Our party has viewed the matter with the seriousness it deserves,” Salim said.

The CPM leadership issued a “strict warning” to Rahman following a state secretariat meeting at Alimuddin Street last night.

“The Trinamul government is gradually becoming unpopular because of its activities, its failure to maintain law and order and the chief minister’s insensitivity towards rape victims. More people are coming back to our fold because of their disenchantment with the government. Our graph is rising. But such remarks will affect our organisation’s image,” a CPM central committee member said.