Parliament wants Azam Khan’s dismissal for ‘aankhoon mein aankhen’ remark against LS deputy speaker
Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan’s indecent remark against deputy speaker (in chair) Rama Devi in Lower House has Parliamentarians demanding Khan’s dismissal. The incident occurred on Thursday during a debate to criminalise Triple Talaq or instant divorce.
Bihar BJP MP Rama Devi was conducting the proceedings of the House in the absence of speaker Om Birla when SP leader read out a few poetic lines, ‘Tu idhar udhar ki na baat kar, yeh bata ki yeh kaafila kyu luta’.
However, as he kept getting distracted by other House members’ interruptions, Rama Devi asked him to speak to the chair. To this he cheekily replied, “Mein toh aapko itna dekhun ki aap mujhse kahen ki nazar hata lo. Aap yun bhi achchi lagti hain, itni pyari lagti hain ki mein aapke aankhoon mein aankhen dale rahoon yeh mera man karta hai”.
Soon Khan realised that the momentum of the House was against him, he tweaked his statement to ‘you are very respected and you are like my sister.’
Later, Khan threatened to resign and walked out of the House with Yadav and other SP leaders in tow.
Union Minister Smriti Irani leading the charge on Friday said, “Let us not reduce this to a problem of just women. This is a blot on all legislators including men.”
Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the SP member had breached all norms of decency and must apologise immediately or face charges.
Similarly, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Khan’s remark was utterly condemnable and sought exemplary action against him. “I thank every member who supported a woman. But to politicise an issue related to woman is outrageous. We have to stand together. Let us stand together and speak in one voice which is what I thought was happening here. But why the hesitation, why the dilemma?”
Trinamool Congress lawmaker Mimi Chakraborty said, “No one can stand in the Parliament and tell a woman, ‘look into my eyes and talk’. Speaker sir, all women here are expecting something big from you on this.”
Similarly, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury of Congress said that his party wanted action against Khan.
Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati too has condemned Khan's sexiest statement. In a tweet she said that Khan's offensive words for the presiding lady of the House were highly inappropriate and intolerable. She asked him to appologise not only to the Parliament, but to all women in general.