"Bahceli tries to cover up crimes hidden under the flag"
Ahmet Sik, deputy for the Workers Party of Turkey (TIP) and a journalist by profession, responded to the leader of far right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) who called him a "seasoned enemy."
In fury over Sik's criticism of the state's failing response to the earthquake, MHP leader Devlet Bahceli said in his address to his party's parliamentary group on Tuesday:
"It is a matter of honor and security for the state and law in this phase to kick this seasoned enemy out of the Turkish Grand National Assembly."
He targeted alongside Sik imprisoned Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas, main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, aid organization AHBAP and independent Web TV Babala over their remarks and activities after the earthquake on 6 February.
He said: "Terrorist Demirtas who says 'You are the problem, Erdogan,' and Kilicdaroglu who says 'Erdogan is the one to be blamed;' aren't the two the face and tail of the coin?"
Sik responded to Bahceli with a tweet, saying:
"The partner of the criminal organization called the Palace Regime that has been disguised as a political party and who uses all the usurped state organs in hostility against the people, who has abandoned the people to death, is involved in attempts to cover up their crimes hidden under the flag, to cover up their sins hidden under religion."