"TMC accepts Tapas Pal's unconditional apology"

Written by Press Trust of India | Kolkata | Updated: Jul 3 2014, 02:37am hrs
The Trinamool Congress today said it has accepted party MP Tapas Pal's unconditional apology offered yesterday for his derogatory remarks against women and the matter ends there.

"Trinamool Congress accepts Tapas Pal's unconditional apology as the party believes the letter was written in right spirit, the tone and manner of the apology is right and the matter ends there," party spokesman Derek O'Brien told reporters after a meeting in which TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee was present.

"A letter has been written to the party, under the leaders's direction which asks for an unconditional apology. The tone of the letter, the content, the manner of the letter where he has tendered an unconditional apology not only to the party , the people of Bengal, the women of Bengal, to his family. This is status as of now," Derek said.

He also told the meeting, "She (Mamata) made it very clear that everybody has to be careful and responsible about what they are saying in public. She reemphasised that a responsible Public figure has to be very, very careful. She condemns whatever he said."

The meeting, attended by TMC MPs, senior ministers and zilla sabhadipatis, was convened to chalk out the party's strategy for the upcoming Parliament session as well as to discuss development programmes in the districts.

It was, however, not known whether Tapas Pal was present in the meeting.

Derek O'Brien did not answer when asked if the controversial MP was present.

Banerjee had yesterday described Tapas Pal's hate speech as a "big blunder", but wondered if she should "kill him" for this and said whatever steps are needed to be taken have been taken.

"It is not just a mistake, it's big blunder. We have taken whatever steps that are needed to be taken. It is an individual utterance. What do you want Should I kill him What can I do Whatever I can do we can do it through our policy," Banerjee had said.