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Anil Bose remark kicks up a storm

His bosses are angry with him but CPI(M) MP Anil Bose is unfazed at the storm his remarks against Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee kicked up. Snigdhendu Bhattacharya reports.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2011 18:21 IST
Snigdhendu Bhattacharya

His bosses are angry with him but CPI(M) MP Anil Bose is unfazed at the storm his remarks against Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee kicked up.

Addressing a public rally in Hooghly on Friday, Anil Bose had spoken of Banerjee and sex workers in the same breath. “The women of Sonagachhi usually forget about the less paying customers when the more lucrative ones come to them. At present, America has entered Mamata’s room, so she need not pay attention to her customers from Bangalore and Chennai. Should we not ask her who was the customer who gave her Rs 34 crore),” Anil Bose said.

As the remarks created an uproar in the Opposition and among the people, chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee rushed to contain the public relations disaster on Sunday. “Anil Bose’s statement has crossed all limits of decency. I have spoken to my party comrades and told them to the warn Bose. His comments are not acceptable from a communist and are beyond forgiveness,” Bhattacharjee said in a statement issued on Saturday morning.

But Anil Bose seemed to be in no mood to apologise. Speaking at a rally in Khanakul on Saturday, where he shared the dais with Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar, Anil Bose said, “Let Banerjee explain her comments and I will clarify then.”

Asked about the chief minister’s comments, Anil Bose said, “I will sort it out with Buddha da. Banerjee is speaking too much these days.”

Hours later, at another rally in Champadanga, Anil Bose said, “Had I said anything wrong, the many learned gentlemen present at the rally would certainly have reacted. Since there was no reaction among the audience, it’s clear that I said nothing wrong.”

CPI(M) state secretary Biman Bose also slammed the Arambagh MP. “We don’t endorse what he said. He has been asked to publicly apologise and he will do that,” Bose said.

It was too late to pacify Trinamool. “We will move court seeking action against Bose,” said Pradip Sarkhel, secretary of the state government Trinamool Employees’ Federation, West Bengal.

The Trinamool moved the Election Commission demanding the arrest of Bose. The poll panel said it was studying the complaint.

Trinamool heavyweight and leader of Opposition in the assembly, Partha Chatterjee, said, “The man who has made such unspeakable words to address our beloved leader should be immediately arrested. We request the Election Commission to take the necessary steps for the abusive and obscene language.”

Election officials said the complaint would be forwarded to the Election Commission in New Delhi. ”We have received a complaint in this regard from the Trinamool Congress. They also have submitted a CD containing the recorded version of Bose’s speech. We will forward the complaint and the CD,” said state chief electoral officer Sunil Gupta.

This is not the first time that the Arambagh MP has made abusive comments on Banerjee. Last year, Bose shared with the media his crisis-defusing powers. Commenting on Singur, the MP said he would have dragged Banerjee by her hair from her dharna mancha in front of the small car plant.

As his latest remark created a huge uproar with television channels airing the speech, condemnation poured in from Facebook and Twitter. Late in the day, Bose skipped a rally at Serampore, where he was to speak along with health minister Suryakanta Mishra and civil defence minister Srikumar Mukherjee.