A day after Azam Khan’s stoked a controversy with his ‘khaki underwear’ remark, an FIR was filed against the former Samajwadi Party minister on Monday at a police station in Uttar Pradesh’s Shahabad. The case was filed on a complaint filed by election flying squad.
Saying she wasn’t surprised over Khan’s purported remarks directed at her, BJP Lok Sabha candidate Jaya Prada said he shouldn’t be allowed to contest elections as there wouldn’t be any space for women in a democracy if he wins.
“It isn’t new for me. You might remember that I was a candidate from his party in 2019 when no one supported me after he made comments against me. I’m a woman and I can’t even repeat what he said. I don’t know what I did to him that he is saying such things…He shouldn’t be allowed to contest elections. Because if this man wins, what will happen to democracy? There’ll be no place for women in society. Where will we go? Should I die, then you’ll be satisfied? You think that I’ll get scared & leave Rampur? But I won’t leave,” she was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Khan, however, clarified that he was not referring to the BJP candidate in his election speech, and said that he will not contest polls if proven guilty. “I haven’t named anyone. I know what I should say. If anyone can prove that I have named anyone anywhere and insulted anyone, then I’ll not contest elections,” he told ANI, accusing media of misinterpreting his comments.
Khan’s clarification comes after he allegedly made derogatory remarks against Jaya Prada at a rally in Rampur. “What is the difference between you and me? People of Rampur, people of Uttar Pradesh and the people of India. It took you 17 years to understand her true face. But I realised in 17 days… that she wears khakhi underwear,” he said, in an apparent reference to Jaya Prada’s association with the RSS.
The actor was earlier a member of the Samajwadi Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal before switching sides to BJP this year.
“I have said that people took time to know real face in reference to a man who once said that he brought 150 rifles with him and if he sees Azam, he would have shot him dead. Later it was found that he has an RSS pant on his body,” Azam added.
Meanwhile, National Commission for Women sent a notice to Khan “The Commission strongly condemns such irresponsible and disparaging comment on the matter. You are required to provide a satisfactory explanation to the Commission on the matter,” NCW Under Secretary Barnali Shome said in the notice. Calling Azam Khan’s “absolutely disgraceful,” NCW chief said the women panel will also request the Election Commission to bar him from contesting elections.
The BJP also called it a “new low” from Khan. “We are requesting the Election Commission to take cognisance. Khan said this in the presence of Akhilesh Yadav ji. He should tell what kind of politics he is doing. They should tell if the dignity of women hold any importance to them or not. This is a serious matter,” BJP spokesperson Chandramohan said.
Azam Khan and Jaya Prada are pitted against each other in Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur. Polling in Rampur is scheduled on April 23. The counting of votes will take place on May 23.