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Updated: Tue, 01 Jul 2014 08:45:00 GMT | By India Syndicate
Famous people, infamous quotes: In pics

From plain candid to downright nasty, from gobbledygook to putting their foot in their mouth, these men and women were in the news for all that they said. Whether it was RJD chief Lalu Prasad calling Narendra Modi an "executioner" or, more recently, TMC's Tapas Paul threatening CPI-M men and women with murder and rape, these politicians have courted controversy



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On June 30, 2014, television footage caught Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Paul making horrific and outrageous threats to Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) members and their family members.

Bengali news channels telecast Paul, Lok Sabha member from Nadia district's Krishnanagar constituency, warning (CPI-M) men to "beware" of him as he won't "spare them and destroy their entire clan".

"If a CPI-M man dares to touch anybody, Tapas Paul will not spare him. I will take out my gun and shoot him. I always carry a gun... I will destroy his entire clan," Paul is seen in the video telling his party workers in Choumaha village.

Paul then went one step further, threatening the wives of CPI-M members with rape.

"I warn my opponents... If anything happens to my mothers or sisters, my party workers, I will not spare them. I will have the last word. I will make their family pay dearly. I will ask my boys to go there. They will rape them and leave," said Paul, with his supporters shockingly cheering the MP's every word.

Following the widespread outrage and condemnation, Paul then offered this excuse:

"I might have said something in the heat of the moment. But the fact is I don't roam around with a revolver. And I did not say rape, rather it was 'raid'. "I had said we will raid but because there was so much of noise, people thought I said rape."

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