Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal’s “deeply insensitive” remarks against supporters of the CPI(M) are in bad taste and deserve strong condemnation (July 2). And to make matters worse are his alleged remarks in another videotape propagating violence. This amounts to State-sponsored hooliganism and violence. Even though West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has expressed her disapproval of his remarks (July 2), this does not spell closure. He has to be punished by Parliament.

J. Anantha Padmanabhan,


Such brazen and shameless remarks must be severely condemned. It does not require much intelligence to think of the repercussions of such words/thoughts. The political class must realise that it has to be careful about what it says in the public domain. The law must run its course and an FIR filed against him for using “hate speech,” and advocating both threat and coercion in order to create a divide.

Kanishka Pathak,

Dhanbad, Jharkhand

It is unfortunate that State and national level politics have now reached a state of nadir in terms of morality and language. Mr. Pal appears to have caused great harm to the Mamata Banerjee government; his narrow thinking reveals his deep moral bankruptcy. His hate speech must be condemned by one and all. Even though Ms. Banerjee has cautioned the politician, the State government and the party must move a step ahead and expel him.

Janga Bahadur Sunuwar,

Bagrakote, Jalpaiguri

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