Figure this. “If anyone dares to touch my people, I will destroy his gushti (extended family). I will destroy their homes and entire extended families.” What comes to mind? A dialogue from a film where the villain threatens to unleash his goons on hapless villagers?
But wait before you start praising the dialogue delivery. It’s a vitriolic speech made by Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Paul during a public meeting in West Bengal. Talking of revenge, Paul breached the line from being reel to real. For Paul is a known face in Bengali movies.
Paul is a popular actor of Bengali cinema and has won the Filmfare Award for his role in Saheb. He has also acted in Abodh, Madhuri Dixit’s debut film in 1986.
Paul is a Member of Parliament from Krishnanagar constituency of Nadia distract in West Bengal.
Addressing a workers’ meeting at Chowmatha village in Tehatta in Nadia district on June 14, Paul said, “If any opponent (of the Trinamool) touches any Trinamool girl, any father, any child, I will destroy his entire family. Aamar chheleder dhukiye debo, rape kore chole jaabe, rape kore chole jaabe (I will unleash my boys, they will rape them, rape them).”
In his speech, telecast by Bengali news channel 24 Ghanta on Monday, Paul issued repeated threats to his “opponents”, warning them “for the last time” that while he would stay in Krishnanagar, he would visit Chowmatha village every month and, if he ever heard that any Trinamool supporter had been harmed, he would “not spare them”.
In only scheduled election outing, calls on voters to defeat those who cause riots.