"He (Pal) was brought to the hospital at 4 pm. After conducting the necessary tests, we found he had suffered a brain stroke. He has been admitted in the Intensive Care Unit and is under 72-hour observation," said Belle Vue Hospital official P Tandon. (Read: Judges Fail to See Eye to Eye in Tapas Pal's case)
Earlier, he had been admitted to the same hospital after a sudden spurt in his blood pressure.
Mr Pal has been in the eye of storm since June after he was caught on camera at a rally, threatening women relatives of Left workers with rape. The two-time MP, whose party is headed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, had also said he would have workers of the Left Front killed or he would shoot them dead himself. (Also read: Bengal Government to Appeal Against High Court Order on Trinamool Lawmaker Tapas Pal)
"If (the Communists) try to kill and intimidate our workers... I will not spare them. I will let loose my men to rape your women," he had said. The comments made in his constituency, Krishnanagar, were filmed on a smartphone. The hazy footage aired by local television channels created outrage, especially after Mr Pal was let off by his party without even a slap on the wrist.
Though the Calcutta high court ordered that he be booked by the police for the comment, Mr Pal got a reprieve after a different bench of the court stayed the order following a petition.