Political parties on Monday condemned the remarks by Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal threatening to kill Opposition CPI-M workers and have their women raped, and urged the Lok Sabha Speaker to take suo muto cognisance of it.
"Several Trinamool Congress leaders have been making such comments in the last three years as part of strategy to terrorise Opposition parties. The comments he has made is unexpected of a parliamentarian. I request the Lok Sabha Speaker to take suo-motu cognisance because people look up to Lok Sabha MPs," CPI(M) MP Mohammed Salim said.
The police administration should take cognisance of the remarks made by the TMC MP, he said. "If the police don't take cognisance then it means it is aiding such terror tactics. The comment is an addition to the long list of TMC leaders who have been making such comments in the recent past," said Salim.
The BJP leadership also condemned the statement and asked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to look into the matter. "It is really heart wrenching to hear such comments from Tapas Pal. He has said he was speaking in a fit of rage. But in a fit of rage, MPs should try to restrain themselves from making such comments," BJP MP Babul Supriyo said.
"Actually Trinamool leaders are in competition as the top leadership of the party is also making such derogatory comments every day. Let's see what action our CM takes or else the people will give them a fitting reply," he said.
Pal threatened to kill Opposition CPI(M) workers and have their women raped if a single Trinamool Congress worker was attacked at Choumaha village in Nadia district.
Later Pal, denied that he spoke about rape. "What I said was I will tell my workers to 'raid'," he claimed.
Trinamool national spokesperson Derek O'Brien said the party doest not endorse Pal's statement which was "insensitive" whatever be the provocation.