The Election Commission has expressed its "severe displeasure" to CPI(M) leader Anil Basu over using expletives against Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee at an election meeting and warned him to be careful in future.
The poll panel had earlier served a notice to Anil Basu observing that prima facie his utterances made at an election meeting at Arambagh in Hooghly on April 22 violated the model code of conduct. He was asked to reply by April 30.
As he failed to reply to its notice the poll panel had again asked him to reply by May 3 but Basu did not respond. It was apparent that Basu evaded replying to letter and his interim reply was unsatisfactory, said the poll panel.
"Now therefore the commission hereby conveys its severe displeasure to Anil Basu and warns him to be careful in future," the EC order said.
Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had censured Anil Basu for his act. The seven-time MP had already apologised for using expletives.