The Trinamool Lok Sabha member from Krishnanagar constituency in Nadia district, Paul was caught on video tapes threatening and warning CPI-M cadres to beware of him and that he would gun them down and unleash his men to rape their women.

"Trinamool Congress accepts Tapas Pal's unconditional apology as the party believes the letter was written in right spirit, the tone and manner of the apology is right and the matter ends there," party spokesman Derek O'Brien told reporters after a meeting in which TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee was present.
    
"A letter has been written to the party, under the leaders's direction which asks for an unconditional apology. The tone of the letter, the content, the manner of the letter where he has tendered an unconditional apology not only to the party , the people of Bengal, the women of Bengal, to his family. This is status as of now," Derek said.
    
He also told the meeting, "She (Mamata) made it very clear that everybody has to be careful and responsible about what they are saying in public. She reemphasized that a responsible Public figure has to be very, very careful.  She condemns whatever he said."

Quizzed by the media about the party's decision regarding Paul, Trinamool's Rajya Sabha member Sukhendu Shekhar Roy said the "matter ends" with Paul's unconditional apology.

"Tapas Paul offered an unconditional apology to the members of party, women of Bengal and people of the nation in his letter. The party has accepted his apology in spirit. The matter ends there," Roy told reporters here after conclusion of the meeting.

Mamata Banerjee, who was initially silent on the issue, described Paul's rape remarks as a "big blunder", but blamed the media for its failure to highlight the issue which was a month old.

(JPN/Agencies)        

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