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TMC MP's wife apologises for his rape comment

Less than 24 hours after a video footage surfaced showing TMC MP Tapas Pal threatening to kill CPI(M) workers and letting TMC workers rape their women, Pal's wife Nandini Pal today apologised for her husband's controversial comment.

Nandini said that there was another part of the story.

"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," she told reporters.

"On behalf of him I am saying sorry," said Nandini.

The CPI-M has demanded that the Lok Sabha Speaker must take suo motu cognisance of Pal's outburst and disqualify him.

Trinamool Congress today asked the actor-turned-MP to give his explanation in this matter 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 National Commission for Women has also slammed Pal. In the video, Pal can be heard 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.