Kolkata: Even as protests and calls for his arrest continue to gain ground, Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Paul — facing the heat over his rape and violence remarks — yesterday found an unlikely ally in President Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit.
On the other hand, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hit out at her detractors claiming “small matters were getting highlighted”.
Mukherjee junior, a Congress MP from Jangipur, dubbed Paul’s remarks as “slip of tongue” and asserted the matter should not be dragged any further.
But by springing to Paul’s defence, Abhijit attracted his own party’s displeasure with state unit president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury saying he will seek an explanation for the “callous comments”.
“Tapas has written an apology letter. I feel since he has apologised and his party has pardoned him, the debate should not be dragged any further.
“At times such slips of tongue happen although it shouldn’t happen. Many of us have made similar mistakes in the past. I hope such things don’t get repeated in future,” said Abhijit who was earlier condemned and had to apologise for describing women demonstrating against the December 16, 2012 gangrape in Delhi as “highly dented and painted”. A livid Chowdhury said the party did not endorse Abhijit’s comments. “Rather we condemn it. When the whole country is seething in anger over Paul’s remarks, making such a callous comment is totally unwarranted.”