Full text: Tapas Pal's apology letter has 'no excuses to offer'
Pal created a storm when a recent video surfaced on Monday showing him asking his male supporters to rape women supporters of the opposition.
Soon after a directive from his party Trinamool Congress, party MP from Krishnanagar Tapas Pal had sent an apology letter to the party and the media which is also available on the party website.
Pal created a storm when a recent video surfaced on Monday showing him asking his male supporters to rape women supporters of the opposition. Following the furor the comments created, the party asked the actor-turned-politician immediately tender an unconditional apology.
Following is the text of Tapas Pal's letter to the party and the media:
All of you
Some remarks made by me in the heat and dust of the election campaign have caused dismay and consternation. I apologise unreservedly for them. Whatever the provocation -- and there was an attempt at provocation -- those comments should never have been made.
In making them, I have let down my constituents and the people of Bengal, I have let down my party, the Trinamool Congress, and my political colleagues, I have let down my family, including my wife and children and my parents, and my friends. I apologise to all of them, and particularly to all women in our society and to those in the media who highlighted the issue.
I have no excuses to offer. It was a gross error of judgement and deeply insensitive. It should not have happened. And I assure you it will not happen again. Once more, a humble apology.
Member of Parliament
cc: Chairperson, All Indian Trinamool Congress
cc: General Secretary, All Indian Trinamool Congress
cc: National Spokesperson, All Indian Trinamool Congress
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