The CPM on Friday censured its leader Anisur Rahman for his sexist remark against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Referring to Mamata’s earlier demands for `20,000 as compensation for rape victims, Rahman, who is a sitting MLA, publicly sought to know how much the Chief Minister would demand if she were to be sexually assaulted.
Taking strong exception to the legislator’s remarks, CPM West Bengal chief Biman Basu said that remarks were unwarranted. He said that the Marxists completely disapproved of the comments made by Rahman.
“In a public meeting, held on December 26 in North Dinajpur, Rahman made some unwarranted and derogatory remarks while mentioning the issue of compensation to rape victims in West Bengal. His comment is against the political culture of our Party (the CPM). Our party does not approve such comments made by Rahman. He has already apologised for his comments and he should be cautious in the future against making any such unwarranted comment,” Basu said in a statement.
And CPM Politburo member Brinda Karat termed Rahman’s remark abominable and said it was totally unacceptable.
“The party has reacted, made public censure and strongly criticised it. We have disowned it.”