July 19, 2019 | 6:24 AM IST

SP’s Azam Khan derogatory statement against BJP’s Jaya Prada backfires

A First Information Report (FIR) has been filed against Samajwadi Party leader from Rampur seat in Uttar Pradesh, Azam Khan for insulting the modesty of a woman. The SP leader in his recent statement had targeted BJP’s Rampur candidate saying Rampur waalon, Hindustan waalon, uski asliyat samajhne main aapko 17 baras lag gaye (understanding the person's real face you took 17 years). I realised in 17 days, that the underwear beneath is of the khakhi colour." As the statement went viral, Azam Khan backtracked and said he would not contest the elections. He added, “I haven't named or insulted anyone. I was a nine-time MLA from Rampur and have been a minister. I know what to say.” He claimed he made the remarks in the context of a "man" who had apparently said that "he brought 150 rifles with him" and if he sees Azam Khan, he would shoot him. Without naming who he was referring to Azam Khan said, "Now, it has been revealed that he has an RSS pant on his body. Shorts are worn by men."

Jaya Prada recently alleged that she left Rampur after her "indecent images" were circulated and attempts were made to attack her with acid. An emotional Jaya Prada said, “I told Mulayam Singh Ji that my indecent images are being circulated in Rampur, save me. But no politician came to my rescue. I left Rampur and active politics because they tried to attack me with acid." She added "For the first time, I have the strength of the BJP behind me. I don't want to cry like before. I have the right to live, and I will, to serve you."

Union minister Sushma Swaraj wrote on her Twitter handle urging founder of SP and former UP Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav not to remain a silent spectator like Bhishma Pitamaha when Draupadi was being insulted in the sabha by Duryodhana.

The National Commission for Women may take up the comments for action. "Absolutely disgraceful. Azam Khan is always abusive and disrespectful towards women. NCW will send a notice to him... will request the Election Commission to bar him from contesting elections," said the panel's chairperson Rekha Sharma. Meanwhile, coming up in favour of the actress-politician, Ashoke Pandit, has urged Bollywood to come together against the statement. He tweeted, “Waiting for the 600 signatories from the film industry who have appealed people not to vote @narendramodi to respond to #AzamKhan’s statement on #JayaPradha. I hope they don’t call this his #FreedomofExpression.” Jaya Prada is BJP's Rampur candidate against Azam Khan.

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