At a function organized near Kolkata to celebrate the 15th anniversary
of the Trinamool Congress, dancers performed on stage while a man,
reportedly a party member, climbed onto stage and threw money at them.
is not the Trinamool we know," said party MP Derek O'Brien. "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."
The programme was organised in Bhangore, a nearly 40-minute drive from Kolkata by district-level leaders.
is in a sombre mood after a 23-year-old medical student who was
gang-raped on a moving bus in Delhi died in hospital over the weekend.
overwhelming anger and grief over her attack was corroborated by daily
demonstrations, most of them in Delhi, with protestors demanding better
safety for women and strict laws to punish those convicted of sexual
harassment and assault.
"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. When
you see these things, you feel very sad. This is not the whole, total
face of Bengal. I have never seen any such thing in my life," said noted
theatre director and actor Usha Ganguly.
The programme, which
was held right in front of a local police station and without
permission, began airing on local television channels last night after
which the police swung into action and stopped the show around 11:30 pm.
Sources say that the police acted after a phone call from a leader
high in the Trinamool hierarchy.