Ex-CPI(M) MP apologises for using expletives against Mamata

Though Basu had used the filthy language naming Banerjee, he however, did not name her in the statement and merely referred to her as the "opposition party leader".

Last Updated: Apr 24, 2011, 23:54 PM IST

Kolkata: Veteran CPI-M leader Anil Basu on Sunday
apologised for using expletives against Trinamool chief Mamata
Banerjee at an election meeting after being ordered by party
leadership which also barred the seven-time MP from holding
poll rallies.

"I apologise for using such language," Basu, a former MP,
said in a written statement shortly after Chief Minister
Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee at a `Meet the Press` programme here
dubbed his remark as unfortunate and made it known he has been
asked to apologise.

Though Basu had used the filthy language naming
Banerjee, he however, did not name her in the statement and
merely referred to her as the "opposition party leader".

"My careless comments about the opposition party leader
at a public meeting in Hooghly was uncalled for. This is
against our party`s ethos. I have realised the reaction in
public mind," the statement signed by Basu said.

Bhattacharya also said Basu has been debarred from
addressing public meetings and may also face punitive action.

"He will not address public meetings from now on," the
chief minister said.

Asked if any punitive action would be taken against
Basu, he said, "We do not tolerate filthy language. Punishment
will be given if necessary."

Describing Basu`s use of such language as `unfortunate,`
Bhattacharjee said, "No one can tolerate it."

Asking Basu to be cautious in future, Bhattacharjee had
yesterday said in a statement that "use of such words is
unpardonable and unbecoming of a communist leader".

The chief minister said he had asked the party to warn
Basu. "I don`t want to hear any such use of words in future."

Basu, who had won the Arambagh seat seven times in a
row in the past and recorded the highest margin in the state
in a Lok Sabha election in 2004, used expletives against the
Trinamool Congress chief in the presence of senior local party
leaders at Arambagh town in Hooghly district on Friday.

Bhattacharjee said that CPI(M) state secretary Biman
Bose has censured Basu and warned him not to use such language
in future. "He has also been asked to issue a written
statement and apologise."

Bhattacharjee, however, argued that it would be wrong to
assume that using bad language was the culture of the party
just because one person had used such language.

"One person is out of his head. It has to be rectified.
But at the same time, in which other party would you find such
a large number of good people?" Bhattacharjee said adding,
"If we make mistakes, we can rectify them."

Asked about allegations that he himself had set the
example of using bad language against opposition parties, the
chief minister said, "I do not think so."

Bhattacharjee, however, criticised opposition Trinamool
without naming the party for the use of language by their
leaders.

"Look at the language being used by the Opposition. They
have accused my daughter of running an NGO with foreign funds.
This is absolutely untrue," he said.

PTI