Seeking apology for his “derogatory” comments on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said in the Assembly on Tuesday: “I regret if my comment has hurt the Chief Minister who is the leader of the House”.
Trinamool Congress MLAs raised the issue of the derogatory remark passed by Ghosh while reacting on Banerjee’s protest rallies in Delhi.
Trinamool Congress MLAs including Tapas Roy raised the issue as soon as Ghosh took his seat in the Assembly on Tuesday afternoon. The matter was discussed in the Business Advisory committee after the first half of Tuesday’s session in the Assembly.
After the recess, Speaker Biman Bandyopadhyay said that the comments passed by some against each other are undesirable. He maintained that the comment of the BJP leader here on the Leader of the House is unexpected.
In his statement in this connection, Ghosh said: “I am new in politics. My words were outcome of excitement while reacting to a particular incident. I regret if the words I articulated have hurt the respected Leader of the House and I didn’t pass the comment to attack her personally. I apologise if my comment has hurt the respected Leader.”
Assuring that he would maintain decorum while passing comments on any political leader, he further maintained: “I am hopeful that everyone maintains the same as many leaders are passing different comments both inside and outside the House. I expect that the democracy will be maintained in the state and I will continue enjoying my democratic rights”.
It may be mentioned that Partha Chatterjee, Secretary General of Trinamool Congress on Sunday had condemned the comment passed by Ghosh saying that “He had passed a gunda-like comment”.
Ghosh had also received a legal notice on Monday in which he was asked to withdraw his statement and to apologise in public within three days or else criminal and civil cases would be filled against him.
Moreover, Babul Supriyo, BJP MP from Asansol and minister of state for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises had also condemned Ghosh’s comment on the Chief Minister.