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Tapas Paul row: Furore, apology and politics over rape remark

Here's what you need to know about the Tapas Paul rape remark controversy.

Here’s what you need to know about the Tapas Paul rape remark:

1. In House, Paul hardly spoke: Under fire for threatening to get CPM women by “my boys”, Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Paul, first elected to the lower house in 2009, sat through the 15th Lok Sabha without asking a single question.

READ: In House, Paul hardly spoke, said ‘girls lured into flesh trade a big social problem’

Tapas Paul, TMC Lok Sabha candidate from Krishnanagar in Nadia, during  his campaign at Kaliganj. Express photo by Subham Dutta.
  Tapas Paul, TMC Lok Sabha candidate from Krishnanagar in Nadia, during his campaign at Kaliganj. Express photo by Subham Dutta.

2. Tapas Paul says sorry: TMC MP Tapas Paul tendered an unconditional apology for his speech at a rally in Nadia district on June 14, where he allegedly threatened to kill CPM workers and have his men rape their family members.

READ: Under pressure from party, Tapas Paul says sorry

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Paul was asked by the Trinamool Congress leadership to explain his conduct in writing. TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee has expressed shock and pain at the comments made by Paul.
Paul was asked by the Trinamool Congress leadership to explain his conduct in writing. TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee has expressed shock and pain at the comments made by Paul.

3. Mamata shot back at the media over Tapas Paul rape remark: “It is not just a mistake, it is a big blunder. We have taken steps that are needed to be taken. What do you want? Should I kill him? What can I do?,” Mamata said.

READ: Mamata: What do you want? Should I kill him?

At present, the TMC has 34 representatives in the Lok Sabha and 12 in the Rajya Sabha.
TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee.

4. Whistleblower wants safety for kin:  The 24-year-old handed over the video clip of the “fiery speech” that his screen idol had delivered at his Choumaha village in Nadia district village on June 14. All he wants is safety for his family.

READ: Farmer’s son who blew the whistle now wants safety for kin

TMC leader Tapas Paul
TMC leader Tapas Paul

5. People shocked to hear such words from Tapas Paul: On June 14, 24-year-old Shafina Bibi went to hear Bengali film actor Tapas Paul speak at a rally. Five minutes into the speech, she ran away, unable to believe what she had just heard.

READ: ‘He was a dream hero… but what he said was like a third-class gangster’

Political parties condemned the remarks by Trinamool Congress MP, Tapas Pal.
Political parties condemned the remarks by Trinamool Congress MP, Tapas Pal.

6. Tapas Paul would appear to fall into the mould of the stock-in-trade corrupt politician of Bengali potboilers: Tapas Paul was the quintessential bhalo chele of Bengali cinema,” says film historian Sanjay Mukhopadhyay, of Jadavpur University’s film studies department.

READ MORE: Bumbling bhadralok to roaring politician

Locals watch a video of Tapas Paul’s speech at Choumuha village on Monday. ( Source: Express photo by Subham Dutta )
Locals watch a video of Tapas Paul’s speech at Choumuha village on Monday. ( Source: Express photo by Subham Dutta )