Slamming Abhijit's comments, West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that he will seek an explanation from the Jangipur MP.

Chowdhury, who has been vociferous in slamming Paul and is demanding his arrest, has called Abhijit's remarks ‘unwarranted and callous’.

"The party no way endorses his comments, rather we condemn it. When the whole country is seething in anger over Paul's remarks, making such a callous comment is totally unwarranted. I will seek an explanation from him," Chowdhury said.

Abhijit, who had to apologize for describing women protesters demonstrating against the December 16, 2012 gang-rape in Delhi as ‘highly dented and painted’, had earlier said, “Tapas has written an apology letter. I feel since he has apologized and his party has pardoned him, the debate should not be dragged any further.”

"At times, such slips of tongue happen although it shouldn't happen. Many of us have made similar mistakes in the past. I hope such things don't get repeated in future," he told the media in Kolkata.

Paul, an MP from Bengal's Krishnanagar, has been caught on tape exhorting his party workers to kill Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) activists even as he himself asserted that he would gun down his rivals and let loose his boys to rape their women.

Notwithstanding the nationwide clamour for Paul's arrest and expulsion from Parliament, the Trinamool Congress has sought to end the matter with an apology which he tendered to his party and the media on Tuesday.

(Agencies)

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