LABOUR group leader Clr Mehboob Khan sparked a row after he hit out at the failure to include Asians in Kirklees Council's new Cabinet.
Clr Khan told of his disappointment that the Liberal Democrats did not have any Asian members in the powerful decision-making body, at Kirklees Council's annual meeting.
He said: "It is sad that none of the Asian Liberal Democrats were considered to be of sufficient quality to be included in the Cabinet."
He added that his party believed in equality and he hoped the Liberal Democrats did.
The Lib-Dems have five Asian councillors out of 25 on Kirklees Council.
No-one from the Lib-Dems chose to respond to Clr Khan's remarks.
But the Tories slammed the comments.
Conservative group leader Clr Robert Light said: "It was inappropriate and could cause great community tensions.
"The undertones are quite offensive and I'm sure all members of the council will feel as I do."
The fall-out came as it was confirmed that Liberal Democrats will continue to run a minority administration on the council.
Eight Lib-Dems in the Cabinet are joined by one Green.
The situation had remained unclear after last month's local elections left the council in stalemate again with no party in overall control.
The Lib-Dems fell by four seats to 25, the Tories were up six to 22 and Labour slipped by four to 17.
There are also three Greens, one British National Party and an Independent.
Liberal Democrat deputy leader Clr John Smithson said he was unhappy that the other parties refused to take part in a shared administration.
"We would have preferred it as it worked well previously but the other parties refused to have anything to do with it, apart from the Greens," he said.
"In the circumstances we feel we have a responsibility to ensure that the council does have an administration.".