TMC does not endorse Tapas Pal`s comment: Derek O`Brien

Trinamool Congress said on Monday that the party did not endorse MP Tapas Pal`s `insensitive` comment against women.

Last Updated: Jun 30, 2014, 20:30 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress said on Monday that the party did not endorse MP Tapas Pal`s `insensitive` comment against women and maintained that people in public life had to be extra careful in what they say.

TMC MP and spokesperson Derek O`Brien condemning what Pal had said posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter - “Sensitive use of language is an obligation for role models in culture, politics and society. If that code is breached, public trust is lost.”

He also said, “Whatever provocation or perceived provocation, people in public life have to be extra-careful in what they say. Can`t shoot your mouth off.”

In a brazen statement, Pal openly threatened to send `his boys` and get women of Opposition party raped. He was also caught on camera saying that if need be he will not hesitate to use gun against his opponents.

In a video aired by a news channel, Pal is said heard saying, “If anyone from the Opposition dares to touch any woman then I will send my boys and get women of CPI(M) raped.”

He also says that he roams around with `maal` (revolver) and will not hesitate to use it on his opponents.
Pal does not stop here. Without any shame he boasts that he is a `goonda` (hooligan).

The speech shown in the video is apparently six to seven weeks old and is reportedly made in Pal`s constituency Krishnanagar.

This is not the first time that the TMC MP has made such an audacious comment. Last year Pal, while addressing a rally at Tehatta, had asked party activists to beat up CPI(M) workers with shoes.

Meanwhile, the Opposition, Congress and the BJP, have demanded action against him.

CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat, while talking exclusively to Zee News said, “What action will the TMC take. The message that has gone to the people, what about it? If any MP says something like this then he is insulting womanhood. Action against him is must.”