Coverage: Assembly Elections 2011
Asking Basu, a former member of Parliament, to be cautious in future, Bhattacharjee said in a statement "use of such words is unpardonable and unbecoming of a communist leader." The chief minister said he had asked the party to warn Basu. "I don't want to hear any such use of words in future."
Basu, who had won the Arambagh seat for the seventh time in a row in the past and recorded highest margin in the state in a Lok Sabha election, used expletives against the Trinamool chief in the presence of senior local party leaders.
Trinamool Congress leader and Opposition Leader Partha Chatterjee, said, "We presented to the chief electoral officer with papers and video clippings of Basu's speech and demanded that he should be arrested and jailed for the offence. The way the CPI-M leader attacked a woman is detestable and highly derogatory."
Chief Electoral Officer Sunil Gupta told PTI that he had asked the Trinamool Congress leaders to submit a written complaint "so that we can look into it."