The BJP Tuesday demanded that TMC MP Tapas Paul be immediately disqualified from the Lok Sabha and put “behind bars” for allegedly threatening to kill CPI-M workers and have their women raped.
“We would send a CD of the speech by Paul to the Lok Sabha Speaker and request her to see whether he has diminished the honour of the House by making such derogatory and obscene comments,” West Bengal BJP president Rahul Sinha said in Kolkata.
Citing the example of BJP Mahila Morcha member Jaya Sarkar who lodged an FIR against Paul at the Nakashipara police station, Sinha urged others to follow suit. “Women should lodge FIRs in every police station against Paul. The TMC is following the Birbhum line,” Sinha said, referring to the hate speeches of Birhum district TMC president Anubrata Mondal and Labhpur TMC MLA Manirul Islam.
The BJP Mahila Morcha, party’s woman wing, held a protest rally from the party office to College Square and burnt an effigy of Paul.
“Paul’s choice of words shows that TMC leaders are behind all the cases of violence against women in the state because it is through their speeches that their workers get instigated to do such acts,” said Mausumi Biswas, all India secretary of Mahila Morcha.
In Jalandhar, BJP’s national vice-president Laxmi Kant Chawla shot off a letter to the TMC chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stating that leaders like Paul should not be a part of any political entity and be put behind bars.
“Your party MP Tapas Paul talked about shooting, beating and raping women. The matter obviously has brought you embarrassment and ridicule. We request you to expel the leader from the party and send him behind bars,” the letter said.
Chawla reiterated that Paul has “no right” to be in the party and the TMC chief being a woman herself should immediately put the leader behind bars.
Meanwhile, another BJP national vice-president, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, said in Jammu that Mamata Banerjee should “should shed her arrogance and initiate action against Paul”.
“If Mamata continues to be arrogant, her party MPs and MLAs will also follow suit. Apology is not enough as he has insulted the women and the society by his statement,” he said.
Hitting out at the ruling party in Bengal, Naqvi said the TMC was voted to power by the people with expectations, but “it has become a government of non-deliverance. There is lawlessness… It has become a centre of Naxalism”.
(With PTI inputs)