Kolkata: Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader and West Bengal state minister Jyotipriya Mallick on Thursday triggered a furore as he launched a series of personal attacks on several opposition leaders and called them "snakes".
Mincing no words against the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), the minister said, "CPI-M is like a snake. What you do when a snake enters your house? Do the same when you see a CPI-M worker. Never talk, eat or mix with such people."
Addressing party workers at Birati in North 24 Parganas, Mallick described the CPI-M as "the worst political party, whose leaders have to be smeared with black paint as people have rejected them".
At one point he also appeared to launch blunt threats as he asked CPI-M leaders to not hold meetings saying "people may beat them up and we have nothing to do in the event of that happening. People will not spare them if they commit any excess".
Mallick also took jibes at several Congress and CPI-M leaders including former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.