Calcutta, July 1 (PTI): The Trinamul Congress leadership on Tuesday asked its MP Tapas Paul to tender an unconditional apology to the people for allegedly threatening to kill CPI(M) workers and have their women raped, a comment for which the party is facing widespread condemnation.
“His comment is condemnable. The party does not approve of it. The party has sought an explanation from him and caution him. The party demanded that he tender an unconditional apology to the people for his comment,” TMC general secretary Mukul Roy told PTI.
Earlier, state education minister and senior TMC leader Partha Chatterjee told reporters at the Assembly premises, ”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.”
Asked if the administration would act 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, Panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee, said a decision in this regard would be taken at a meeting of party MPs on Wednesday to be presided over by TMC chief Mamata Banerjee.
She is to preside over a scheduled meeting Wednesday with the party MPs which she had convened last week to chalk out the strategy for the ensuing budget session of Parliament.
On Monday, the Trinamul had demanded an explanation in writing from the party's actor-turned MP within 48 hours for his controversial remarks, which triggered an uproar.
Paul, a Bengali film actor, was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Krishnagar constituency in Nadia district twice on TMC ticket in 2009 and 2014.