At a function organised by Trinamool Congress in West Bengal to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the party, party workers were seen dancing and throwing money at girls hired for dancing.
A section of civil society and Opposition parties condemned it, calling it a vulgar show.
However, party MP Derek O'Brien was quick to react and promised action within 48 hours. He said, "This is not the Trinamool we know."
"You can rest assured we will take action within 48 hours," he said. There were thousands of events held yesterday for the party, he said, "this one was in very bad taste."
Coming at a time when the nation is outraged after the Delhi gangrape victim's death and are protesting against sexual assault against women, the incident has triggered a huge controversy.
Theatre director and actor Usha Ganguly told NDTV, "This is very sad and shocking. This is not the whole culture in Bengal. When so much is happening, when the girl died, you don't expect such things from any political party."
It was only at 11:30 pm, after the recording of the programme began airing on the local television channels, police stopped the show, claiming it was being held without permission.