"While we have always advocated the use of temperate language against our worst political opponents, we do not subscribe to the use of the phraselogy by Derek Obrien, but one has to pierce the veil of words and see his intention," party spokesman Randeep Surjewala told reporters.
Noting that Derek was referring to the mayhem and violence of 2002 Gujarat riots, he said "there seems to be a semblance of truth in the intent" which the Trinamool leader was trying to convey."
Trinamool Congress last night heaped scorn on Modi, calling him the "Butcher of Gujarat", in an angry retaliation to his no-holds barred attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
"Butcher of Gujarat air-dropped into Bengal. He has no answers to Bengal's development model. So, making personal attacks," TMC Spokesperson Derek O"Brien had said in a series of tweets lambasting the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate after the latter's fresh attack on the party supremo at a rally in Serampore.