"I apologise for his comment. Of course there is no question of supporting it. But yes I know there is another part of the story, which provoked him to do that. The entire incident had happened long back, what led to such a thing there is another part of the story," Nandini told reporters here.
"On behalf of him I am saying sorry," said Nandini. The controversial comment had triggered an uproar and sparked condemnation by opposition parties with CPI-M demanding that the Lok Sabha Speaker take suo motu cognisance of Pal's outburst and disqualify him. Trinamool Congress yesterday demanded an explanation in writing from the party's actor-MP within 48 hours for his comment.
"The statements made by Mr Tapas Pal are utterly insensitive. The party does not in any way endorse what he said many weeks ago, which is being played out on TV channels," party spokesman Derek O Brien had said. The MP's comment also drew condemnation from the National Commission for Women.
Pal's comment which went viral on a vernacular TV news channel yesterday had quoted him saying, "If any CPIM man is present here. Listen to me. If you ever touch any Trinamool Congress worker or their families at Choumaha, you have to pay for this. Don't try to act smart with me. I am smarter than you..."
"... Earlier, you guys have bullied me on various occasions. If you insult the mothers and daughters of Trinamool workers. Then I won't spare you. I will let loose my boys in your homes and they will commit rape. I will teach each of you a lesson," the MP had warned. Pal, however, denied that he spoke about rape. "What I said was I will tell my workers to 'raid'."