A day after Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal allegedly threatened to kill CPI(M) workers and have their women raped, his wife Nandini Pal apologised for her husband's controversial comment on Tuesday and said there was another part of the story. "I apologise for his comment. Of course there is no question of supporting it. But yes I know there is another part of the story, which provoked him to do that. The entire incident had happened long back, what led to such a thing there is another part of the story," Nandini told reporters in Kolkata.
"On behalf of him I am saying sorry," said Nandini.
The controversial comment had triggered an uproar and sparked condemnation by opposition parties with CPI-M demanding that the Lok Sabha Speaker take suo motu cognisance of Pal's outburst and disqualify him.
Trinamool Congress demanded an explanation on Momday in writing from the party's actor-MP within 48 hours for his comment. "The statements made by Mr Tapas Pal are utterly insensitive. The party does not in any way endorse what he said many weeks ago, which is being played out on TV channels," party spokesman Derek O Brien had said. The MP's comment also drew condemnation from the National Commission for Women.
Pal's comment which went viral on a vernacular TV news channel on Monday had quoted him saying, "If any CPI(M) man is present here. Listen to me. If you ever touch any Trinamool Congress worker or their families at Choumaha, you have to pay for this. Don't try to act smart with me. I am smarter than you..."
"... Earlier, you guys have bullied me on various occasions. If you insult the mothers and daughters of Trinamool workers. Then I won't spare you. I will let loose my boys in your homes and they will commit rape. I will teach each of you a lesson," the MP had warned. Pal, however, denied that he spoke about rape. "What I said was I will tell my workers to 'raid'."
Political parties condemn TMC MP's remark stating he would kill Opposition workers and rape their women
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. Read more