Rampur, Uttar Pradesh:
Azam Khan, the Samajwadi Party strongman, taking on BJP’s Jaya Prada in Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur constituency claimed that he will not contest the elections if anyone can prove that he named his actor-turned-politician opponent, in a campaign speech where he said, “…the underwear beneath is of the khakhi colour.”
“I will not contest the polls if proven guilty…I haven’t named or insulted anyone and I know what I should say,” Azam Khan told news agency ANI, on the crude remarks, allegedly made against Jaya Prada at an election rally on Sunday. “I was a nine-time MLA from Rampur and have been a minister. I know what to say,” the SP leader said.
Azam Khan claimed that 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.”
The SP leader yesterday at a rally said, “…I want to ask you, should politics stoop so low? 10 years the person sucked the blood of Rampur , I held that person’s finger and brought the person to Rampur. I made her familiar with the streets of Rampur . I didn’t let anyone touch her. No dirty words were used. You made the person your representative for 10 years . But what is the difference between you and me. 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.” Azam Khan’s remarks were allegedly targeted at Jaya Prada, who last week alleged that she left Rampur after her “indecent images” were circulated and attempts were made to attack her with acid.
“I told Mulayam Singh Ji that my indecent images are being circulated in Rampur, save me. But no politician tried to save me,” Jaya Prada claimed. She broke down alleging, “I left Rampur and active politics because they tried to attack me with acid.” Later composing herself, she continued: “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.”
The BJP and its ally JD(U), strongly criticised Azam Khan’s remarks. “This type of language is unacceptable…using such words for women is shameful, we condemn this statement. Azam Khan should apologize,” demanded senior JD(U) leader Pawan Verma.
Condemning Azam Khan’s remarks, BJP spokesperson Chandra Mohan said, “This is simply disgusting and embarrassing. The level of politics cannot fall any further. This is the real face of Azam Khan and his so-called socialist party, where women are put down in this manner…Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati should also comment on such disgusting remarks being made against Jaya Prada.”
Taking note of Azam Khan’s appalling remarks, chairperson of the National Commission for Women, Rekha Sharma said, “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.”
Jaya Prada had won the Rampur Lok Sabha seat in 2004 and 2009 on a Samajwadi Party ticket but later she was expelled from the party on for alleged anti-party activities in 2010. She joined the BJP last month.
Uttar Pradesh is voting for the 80 Lok Sabha seats in all seven phases. Eight seats in the state went to polls in the first phase on April 11. Rampur is voting in the third phase along with several high profile constituencies including Moradabad, Firozabad, Mainpuri, Pilibhit, Badaun, Sambhal, Etah, Bareli and Aonla.
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