Malda, Jan. 25: Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury, the Congress Union minister of state for health, today said he will file a defamation suit against Trinamul minister Jyotipriya Mullick for making indecent comments about his family.
At a meeting in North 24-Parganas on January 23, Mullick had made derogatory remarks on the late A.B.A. Ghani Khan Choudhury clan. Abu Hasem is the late Congress leader's brother.
"I will file a defamation suit of Rs 4 crore against him for maligning my family and my public image. I have already consulted lawyers and soon the minister would be served a legal notice," Abu Hasem said.
"The comments made by state minister for food and supplies Jyotipriya Mullick were indecent. During the Left Front rule over decades, the CPM leaders never made such indecent comments. Ministers like Mullick and some other Trinamul leaders are misusing democracy and crossing all limits of decency," the Congress leader said.
"I am disappointed over the comments made by the state food minister at the meeting in Birati on Wednesday. He passed lewd remarks on the personal affairs of my elder brother, the late A.B.A. Ghani Khan Choudhury. We are astonished how a state minister could utter such words?" Abu Hasem said. "In the last 34 years of Left Front rule, our family was never attacked verbally at a personal level. This is the first time that a state minister from Trinamul has made such comments."
Abu Hasem, who is the Malda district Congress president, said he had spoken to party leaders and has also consulted lawyers.
"I loathe to repeat what the minister had said on Wednesday and I am surprised to see that he belongs to the party which is headed by Mamata Banerjee. Earlier, he had made similar obscene comments and it's a matter of disgrace that there is nobody in Trinamul to rectify or restrain him."
The Congress MP said: "Mamata Banerjee has said several times that she considered Ghani Khan Choudhury her elder brother. Also, Ghani Khan Choudhury used to love her like his daughter…. How can a minister working under her speak in such a manner? I will write to her, seeking an explanation."
Abu Hasem also called Krishnendu Narayan Chowdhury, the state tourism minister, an "opportunist". "Krishnendu was a miscreant. He was reformed and brought into the political arena by Ghani Khan Choudhury. He however, deserted the Congress time and again and is nothing but an opportunist."