Azam Khan's comment on Jaya Prada sparks row

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15 Apr 2019

Azam Khan sparks row with 'underwear' comment against Jaya Prada

Senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan on Sunday sparked a controversy after he allegedly made offensive remarks against actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada.

Khan went on a rant while addressing a rally in Rampur, the seat he is contesting from in the Lok Sabha polls.

In alleged reference to Jaya, Khan said he understood in 17 days that she wore "khaki underwear".

Here's all about it.

Animosity

First off, let's understand the equation between Khan and Jaya

First off, let's understand the equation between Khan and Jaya

Rampur is all set to witness an interesting battle this time. Jaya, who recently joined BJP, fought from the constituency twice and won.

In 2004, Khan had campaigned for her but five years later their ties soured after Jaya sided with former SP stalwart Amar Singh during infighting.

This time, BJP sent Jaya to Rampur to battle her friend-turned-rival Khan.

Rant

Khan claimed BJP candidate leveled allegations on him

Boasting that he helped Jaya in Rampur, Khan said she sucked the blood out of the constituency for ten years.

He said the BJP candidate leveled many allegations against him and he had to swear on his dead mother to prove they were false.

"I want to ask you, should one stoop so low in politics," Khan asked, in presence of party president Akhilesh Yadav.

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Realized in 17 days that underwear was khaki colored: Khan

"But the difference between us, people of Rampur, people of Shahbad, people of India, is that you took 17 years to recognize the person, and I realized in just 17 days that the underwear the person wears is khaki," Khan said in the gathering.

Here is a clip of Khan's speech

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BJP spokesperson said Khan showed his real face

BJP spokesperson said Khan showed his real face

Since khaki is seen as the color of RSS, the parent body of BJP, Khan's comments were duly criticized.

BJP spokesperson Chandra Mohan said Khan's words were disgusting and political discourse couldn't fall further.

"This is the real face of Azam Khan and his so-called socialist party, wherein women are put down in this manner," he said and asked Mayawati to speak up.

Action

NCW is poised to send show cause notice to Khan

Notably, the National Commission for Women also fumed at Khan's remarks. Chairperson of the body, Rekha Sharma, said a show cause notice will be sent to Khan.

Sharing a bit of the video, Sharma tweeted that Khan has always been disrespectful and abusive towards women.

She said the body will approach Election Commission to bar him from contesting polls.

No name

Meanwhile, Khan offered to step back from elections

Meanwhile, Khan offered to step back from elections

At the receiving end of ire, Khan defended himself by saying he didn't take any names in his speech.

Khan claimed he would sit out of the polls if it is proved that he took a name.

"I am disappointed. The media did not like me; I also did not like them. They have caused damage to the country," Khan said while blaming media.

I was referring to a man: Khan

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How many times has Jaya Prada won from Rampur?

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Jaya Prada won from Rampur in 2004 and 2008.

Why was Jaya Prada expelled from Samajwadi Party?

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Jaya Prada was expelled from Samajwadi Party in 2010 for indulging in 'anti-party' activities.

Has any action been taken against Azam Khan for his demeaning remarks?

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National Commission for Women said a show cause notice will be sent to Azam Khan.

What did Azam Khan say in his defense?

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Azam Khan said he was referring to a man and didn't take any names. He said he won't contest polls if proved guilty.

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