Activists in large numbers staged a protest against Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Tapas Pal over his recent anti-women remarks outside the parliament on Monday.
Supporters of All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA), women's wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), condemned Tapas Pal's insensitive anti-women remark, in which he had threatened to kill Communist party workers and have their women raped.
Demanding expulsion of TMC leader from the parliament, AIDWA General Secretary Jagmati Sangwan said individuals like Pal do not deserve to hold responsible posts representing the people of the country. "The rape provoking remark by Tapas Pal is against the principles of parliament and the remark denotes the ill-conduct against parliament. So we demand he should be rusticated from parliament," said Sangwan.
Protesters, holding placards and shouting anti-TMC slogans, said Pal's comment reflect the reality of politics of terror and intimidation in West Bengal.
The Trinamool Congress had subsequently sought his apology after widespread condemnation of the derogatory remarks. Pal had later tendered an unconditional apology which the party had accepted.