While an FIR has been registered against veteran Samajwadi Party leader and former UP Minister Azam Khan for his “khaki underwear” jibe at his BJP rival Jaya Prada, the Election Commission on Monday night barred him from poll campaign for 72 hours. Besides, the National Commission for Women (NCW) and Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) issued show-cause notices to Khan for his “extremely disgraceful, offensive, unethical” remarks to “show disrespect towards dignity of women.”
NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma tweeted that the NCW would request the Election Commission to bar Khan from contesting elections.
“You are required to provide a satisfactory explanation to the Commission on the matter,” NCW under secretary Barnali Shome said in the notice to Khan.
The video of Khan making the “abusive” remarks has gone viral. Khan, however, has denied making any such comments against Jaya Prada.
Meanwhile, Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj asked Samajwadi patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav to take action against the SP candidate from Rampur.
“Mulayam bhai, you are the patriarch of the Samajwadi Party. The Draupadi of Rampur is being disrobed in front of you. Don’t make the mistake of staying silent like Bhishma,” Sushma tweeted, tagging Samajwadi chief Akhilesh Yadav’s wife Dimple Yadav and SP leader Jaya Bachchan.
Attacking Jaya Prada on Sunday at a rally, Khan had said, “I got her familiarised with the streets of Rampur. I didn’t let anyone touch her or even use filthy language. You made the person your representative for 10 years. But the difference between us, people of Rampur, people of Shahbad, people of India, is that you took 17 years to recognise the person, and I realised it in just 17 days that the underwear the person wears is khaki.”
Reacting to Khan’s remarks, Jaya Prada 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. 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.”
Tuesday, 16 April 2019 | PNS | New Delhi
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