Kolkata/Bhangor: A Trinamool Congress leader landed at the centre of a controversy after he threw wads of currency notes towards skimpily-clad young girls dancing at a party's foundation day function.
A red-faced Trinamool on Wednesday suspended a TMC zilla parishad member and other party functionaries who organized the function on Tuesday night at South 24 Parganas district.
Held at a stone's throw from the Bhangor police station on Tuesday night, TMC leader and 24-Parganas Zilla Parishad member Mir Tahir Ali climbed onto the stage and was seen throwing wads of currency notes towards the dancing girls. Police stopped the show after midnight.
Party MP Derek O'Brien said that a disciplinary committee meeting was held and the partymen were suspended for involvement in the function.
Stating that the party had taken swift action, he said "Pending enquiry the partymen has been suspended and their expulsion is also not ruled out."
He added that he spoke to the party chief Mamata Banerjee, "and she had two words -- zero tolerance".
He said "Please do not portray this as something endorsed by Trinamool. For Trinamool, cultural sensibilities and gender sensibilities are absolutely paramount. Please be reassured it is not endorsed by anyone from Trinamool Congress .... we will find out who were the people indulging in the crass display of gender insensitivity."
O' Brien said, "Thousands of events marked Trinamool's 16th birthday yesterday and one of these events from these 300 events was an abhorrent incident involving ladies dancing, it was an isolated incident, the strictest action will be taken against any party worker involved."
National Commission for Women chairperson Mamta Sharma said, "It is shameful that they are celebrating this way. We need a change of mindset among all political parties."
Eminent educationist Sunanda Sanyal said, "The future of young boys and girls will be destroyed if this political culture remains prevalent in West Bengal."