Trinamool MP Idris Ali
Kolkata: A Trinamool lawmaker, on Tuesday, said at a public meeting that he believes Prime Minister Narendra Modi has links with the terrorists who attacked the Pathankot Air Base on January 2. The remark has earned him a warning from his party and left his leaders fuming. The process for disciplinary action has been initiated, the party said today.
The Trinamool said it will act against its MP Idris Ali who had said, "I feel Modi has links with terrorists. Why did the attack happen right after his visit to Pakistan?" He was speaking at a public meeting in his constituency on Tuesday and said that was his personal opinion.
Condemning Mr Ali's comments, Trinamool MP Derek O'Brien said, "The comments are very unhealthy and crass, and the party doesn't endorse such views. He has been asked to explain in writing. The party will take appropriate action."
Mr Ali, who represents Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district in the Lok Sabha, had also threatened to "chop off the limbs" of CPI-M leader and former West Bengal minister Gautam Deb. Retaliating to Mr Deb's comments that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee deserves to be jailed in the Saradha scam, he retorted: "I will break his back and chop off his limbs and throw him into jail."
"Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is an epitome of honesty. If Gautam Deb speaks ill of her again, I will cut off his tongue and break his bones," Press Trust of India quoted him as having said. Mr Deb had reportedly made the comments about the chief minister in North 24 Parganas.