Pushed to the wall in West Bengal,a desperate Anil Basu,a CPI(M) MP from Arambagh,in Hooghly district,launched an abusive attack on Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee invoking prostitution and linking her partys funds to the US.
Addressing a rally yesterday,Basu made references to Sonagachi Kolkatas red-light area. Where is she getting the money from? he asked. From which bhatar (Bengali derogatory slang for a womans illicit male partner) did she get Rs 24 crore to fund the Trinamool Congresss poll expenses?
Saying that prostitutes in Sonagachi do not even look at smaller clients when they get a big client,Basu said now that the Trinamool has got a big client the USA to fund its poll expenses,it is not interested in the smaller clients from Chennai,Andhra Pradesh and other places in the country.
Earlier too,after the Singur agitation,Basu,a seven-term MP from Arambagh,had said that if he had his way he would have taken Mamata by the hair and dumped her at her Kalighat house instead of allowing her to continue her sit-in protest at the gate of the Tata factory.
Lodging an official complaint with the Election Commission,
Trinamool Congress leaders Partha Chatterjee and Mukul Roy have submitted an audio CD containing the speech. They have demanded that Basu should be arrested immediately.
While refraining from naming the MP,Mamata condemned the CPI(M) and said this is what the party indulges in.
Saying they were examining the CD,EC officials in West Bengal said they would refer the matter to the Central Election Commission and act according to its recommendation.
Meanwhile,West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee censured Basu and said use of such words is unpardonable and unbecoming of a Communist leader. He said he has asked the party to warn Basu.