Kolkata: Senior CPI(M) leader Anisur Rahman has triggered a controversy by allegedly making derogatory remarks against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her cabinet colleagues, drawing angry reaction from Trinamool Congress leaders on Sunday.
Targeting Banerjee, Rahman, who had earlier also made disparaging remarks against the Chief Minister, told a rally in Birbhum district that "All ministers in West Bengal are lambs. They cannot even marry without her permission".
Rahman, who was a cabinet-ranked minister in the erstwhile Left Front government, made the remarks at the rally yesterday.
The senior CPI(M) leader had in December, 2012 attacked Banerjee over her government`s decision to provide Rs 20,000 as compensation to rape victims asking what would be her compensation if she faced such an assault.
Rahman had also slammed TMC`s all India general secretary Mukul Roy for being instrumental in getting several opposition MLAs to join the ruling party.
The State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee said a privilege notice would be slapped on Rahman tomorrow.
"He (Rahman) has made filthy comments against the Chief Minister earlier also and following his apology, we let him go. But this time around we will take the matter to its logical end," Chatterjee said.
"What sort of decorum or education a former minister has is evident from his comments," Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim said, adding, "such comments are absurd, people of Bengal will give a fitting reply".
"The language he has used will make Marx and Lenin turn in their graves," state Labour minister Purnendu Chatterjee said.
The state Food and Civil Supplies Minister Jyotipriyo Mallick said, "It is regretful that he has made the comments on International Women`s Day".
"This shows that they (CPI-M) have become politically bankrupt and (he) is making such comments out of sheer frustration. They have gone berserk," TMC Lok Sabha MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar said.