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Left and BJP seek action on Tapas

July 3: The Left Front today urged the Lok Sabha Speaker to take action against Trinamul Congress MP Tapas Paul, who has threatened the Opposition with rape and murder, for “ethical misconduct”.

In a letter to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, CPM MP Sitaram Yechury wrote: “This is a clear case of ethical misconduct on the part of Shri Tapas Paul which had led to denigrating the image of parliamentarians…. It is therefore, kindly requested that the above said act of ethical misconduct may be referred to (the) committee on ethics and suitable punitive action may be taken against the member.”

Members of nine national women’s organisations called on Speaker Mahajan today and demanded Paul’s expulsion.

“We told the Speaker that Tapas Paul has committed a criminal act. We demanded that a case be filed and strict action taken against the MP. We also told the Speaker that such MPs should not be allowed to enter Parliament,” said All India Democratic Women’s Association general secretary Jagmati Sangwan. The association is the women’s wing of the CPM.

Sangwan said Mahajan assured the women’s organisation members that she would act against Paul according to the powers vested in her office.

“We demanded the severest action, including expulsion, against him. The Speaker assured us that she would do whatever she could”, Sangwan said.

A four-member team of the BJP’s women’s wing today called on Sunanda Mukherjee, the West Bengal Commission for Women chairperson, and demanded Paul’s arrest.

“We are concerned about the safety of women in Bengal in the aftermath of his comments,” said Mausami Biswas, a Mahila Morcha member.

Mukherjee said tonight: “I told the Mahila Morcha delegation that I shared their concern. I told them that I had conveyed my feelings to the chief minister and urged her to take necessary action. But beyond that, I can do little else.”