Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress on Wednesday condemned its workers who were caught on camera heckling and throwing money at hired women dancers at its founding day party. TMC leader Derek O'Brien said, "One of the celebration events obviously went wrong. We condemn what happened. We need to find out who these people are, whether TMC workers or others. What happened last night was condemnable.
"The TMC does not approve such events. We will get to the bottom of this. We will take appropriate action. There is absolutely zero tolerance on such matters. We have sent a team on the ground to find out."
He added that the issue will be dealt with severely so that it "doesn't happen again".
The incident took place at South 24 Parganas district, and reports claim that the event happened right opposite the local police station. The party was sponsored by the Trinamool Congress and organised by Trinamool zila parishad member Meer Taheer Ali.
The video went viral on TV channels and was condemned by various sections of society, including political parties and the women's commission. They expressed their displeasure at the 'vulgar' political culture.
National Commission for Women chairperson Mamta Sharma said, "It is shameful that they are celebrating this way. We need a change of mindset among all political parties". Eminent educationist Sunanda Sanyal said, "The future of young boys and girls will get destroyed if this political culture remains prevalent in West Bengal".
With additional information from PTI
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