Tapas says sorry, calls his rape remark ‘a grave mistake’

The Calcutta High Court may deliver an interim order on Monday on a case that sought action against the MP for his remarks.

Written by Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay | Kolkata | Published: July 28, 2014 3:07 am
‘Won’t attend Parliament session as per doctors’ advice’. ‘Won’t attend Parliament session as per doctors’ advice’.

Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Paul, who faced countrywide opprobrium after he threatened to send partymen to rape girls hailing from families of CPM supporters, said on Sunday that he was repentant of his remarks.

He added he would not attend the ongoing Parliament session as per doctors’ advice.

Paul, who had got himself admitted to a nursing home in Kolkata after his remarks at Nadia’s Chumuha village sparked outrage, met TMC general secretary Mukul Roy at the party’s Topsia headquarters on Saturday and sought advice on his future course of action.
“You are an employee of The Indian Express. Will you not visit your office? Similarly Tapas is an MP of our party so there is no harm in his coming to the party office,’’ Mukul Roy told The Indian Express on Sunday when asked about the meeting.

The Calcutta High Court may deliver an interim order on Monday on a case that sought action against the MP for his remarks.

Paul, who refused to make any comment on the High Court case, said he repented for what he had said. He added he felt every moment that he had committed a grave mistake. “I have apologised to everybody, to the whole nation, that I should not have said all those things, I committed a grave mistake. I am telling everybody, please forgive me,’’ the MP said.

He added he was not going to attend the ongoing Parliament session. “I am not keeping a very good health and doctors have advised me to rest at home,’’ Paul said.

During his talks at Trinamool Congress Bhavan, Paul admitted he had made a mistake. However, he added he had made the remarks after being outraged by reports of atrocities perpetrated by CPM workers on his partymen.

Meanwhile, TMC MPs this reporter spoke to said Paul had been asked to avoid masses till the incident faded from public memory. “Paul is an MP and his comment on sending his boys to rape girls was the severest blot on the party. We are lucky that there are no elections around otherwise it would have made a serious impact on ballot boxes,’’ an MP told The Indian Express.

On June 29, at Choumaha village under his constituency Krishnanagar in Nadia district, Paul addressed a party workers’ meeting during which he threatened to finish all CPM members who took on TMC people. He also said he would send his men to rape their girls.

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