Uttar Pradesh: After disrespectfully commenting on Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Jaya Prada, an FIR has been filed against Samajwadi Party candidate Azam Khan because of his remarks while addressing the people of Rampur in the presence of Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav that reads ‘the underwear beneath is of khakhi colour’
Strongly condemning the comment, Jaya said: “It isn’t new for me. You might remember that I was a candidate from his party in 2009, when no one supported me after he made comments against me…if this man wins, what will happen to democracy? …Should I die, then you’ll be satisfied? You think that I’ll get scared and leave Rampur? But I won’t leave.”
“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 media on the crude remarks 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 in a retreat following outrage and condemnation of his comments.
Azam Khan 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.”
The SP leader had said on Sunday, “…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 widely interpreted as 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.”
Senior BJP leader and union minister Sushma Swaraj took to Twitter and drew an analogy from Mahabharata when Draupadi was being disrobed. She asked Mulayam Singh Yadav, founder of Samajwadi Party and former UP chief minister, not to make the “mistake” of staying silent just like Pitamah Bhishma, when Draupadi was disrobed by Duryodhana in Mahabharata.