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Left to move privilege motion against Tapas Pal for rape remark, NCW to seek criminal action

Jul 01, 2014 01:27 PM IST Politics Politics
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New Delhi: There has been no response from West Bengal Chief Minister yet on whether she will sack Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal for saying he will send boys to rape CPM women. Left's Sitaram Yechury has said that the party will move a privilege motion in Parliament against Tapas Pal.

The National Commission for Women has called for criminal action against Tapas Pal and said that it will write to the Prime Minister, President and Bengal Chief Minister seeking his termination.

There has also been no apology from the MP yet, but his wife has apologised on his behalf saying he shouldn't have used the word rape. With demands for his resignation growing louder, the TMC has asked Pal to give an explanation.

However, speaking to CNN-IBN, Tapas Pal said he never used the word rape and claimed to have said 'raid' instead.

Pal was earlier quoted saying, "If CPM tries to kill and intimidate our workers here, I will not spare them. I will ask our boys to go and rape CPM women if necessary."

His party distanced itself from the comment calling it 'insensitive' remark. "This happened in May. The tape surfaced today. It doesn't matter when it was said. I haven't spoken to him yet. The party is clear, we do not endorse it. It is an insensitive statement," said TMC leader Derek O'Brien.