With the Left red-faced over CPI(M) MP Anil Bose's comments against Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, CPI general secretary AB Bardhan on Sunday alleged that Opposition was persistently using "equally bad" language against the ruling alliance leaders in West Bengal.
"The Opposition is also badmouthing our leaders," Bardhan alleged and maintained that he was satisfied with the steps taken by the CPI-M against Basu.
"I am aware that Bose used a language that does not befit a Left Front leader, but I am quite satisfied that the CPI-M leadership has taken steps to put an end to that and he has issued an apology," Bardhan said at a press conference here.
Bardhan said he wanted the slanging match to end and the "election campaign be held on issues".
"We consider election as a political battle and not a slanging match," he said.
Asked if he could recollect anything from the opposition leaders close to what Bose had said, he claimed that Banerjee had referred to CPI-M leaders as 'Haridas' (a non-entity).
"The language that is used towards very respected leaders of Left Front - ministers and others - is equally bad and they are persistently using such language," the CPI leader claimed.