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Posted on Dec 28, 05:16PM | IBNS
Ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) has submitted a Privilege Notice at the West Bengal Assembly demanding an apology from Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader and former minister of the Left Front government Anisur Rehman within 48 hours for his 'rape' remarks against state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, reports said on Friday.
Rehman sparked a controversy and embarrassed his party as he mocked the TMC government's decision to compensate rape victims by paying Rs 20,000/-.
"I asked didimuni (Mamata Banerjee) that they will get only Rs 20,000 as compensation but if someone rapes you then how much is your compensation?" Rehman said while addressing at a public rally in Uttar Dinajpur district of West Bengal on Tuesday.
Rehman on Thursday tendered an unconditional apology for his remarks.
"For the past 21 years I have been an MLA in the state. I have never said anything like this before and this will not happen again in future. I am apologising before all the people of the state," Rehman said in his apology.
He said he 'did not have any malicious intent or desire to insult a person'.
Leaders cutting across party line have condemned Rehman's remarks.
TMC leader Sougata Roy said: "What he has said is completely unpardonable. The comments show total lack of culture."
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee told media: "Such use of foul language is unheard of in the political history of Bengal. I have urged the Speaker to take stern action against the MLA."
Condemning the remarks, senior CPI-M leader Brinda Karat told media: "This kind of a language against a woman leader is unacceptable. There is no room for such a statement in the party."
Rehman's comment came at a time when President Pranab Mukherjee's son Abhijit Mukherjee had dragged himself into a controversy over his 'sexist' remarks where he purportedly said women protesting against the Delhi rape case in the national capital New Delhi were 'beautiful women who were highly dented and painted'.
The remarks immediately triggered a nationwide shock and outrage on Thursday with women, including Abhijit Mukherjee's own sister Sharmistha Mukherjee, reacting sharply that saw the new Congress MP take back his words.
Abhijit Mukherjee retracted his comments and said: "I withdraw those words and apologize unconditionally."
He said he was quoted out of context and his intention was not to hurt anyone, but his remark was in reference to a specific question on some people who went to Delhi to protest while they kept silent when attacks on women took place in Kolkata and West Bengal.
Speaking to a vernacular channel, Abhijit Mukherjee had said: "These women who are protesting have no contact with ground reality...I know it well that what kind of character students should have. I can only see many beautiful women among them who are highly dented and painted. They are claiming to be students."
President's daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee said her brother's comments were 'shocking'.