Posted on May 3, 2019, 8:17 PM IST
Azam Khan, senior Samajwadi Party leader, was hit hard on Monday by a poll campaign ban, an FIR and a
women commission notice for another controversial remark yet again. His alleged “khaki underwear” jibe at
Jaya Prada, a BJP leader, invoked criticism by many. Without naming the actor, Khan had told an election
rally in Rampur "... You got represented (by her) for 10 years. People of Rampur, people of Uttar Pradesh and
people of India, it took you 17 years to understand her reality. But, I could recognize it in 17 days that she
wears a khaki underwear.
The BJP was quick to express their disgust by attacking him relentlessly, and comparing the comments to
disrobing of Draupadi in Mahabharata.
Actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada, once with the SP and has now pitted by the BJP against Khan from
Rampur, demanded him to be immediately disqualified from contesting polls. She expressed her grief by
stating how once her brother, Khan had now crossed lakshman rekha
After examining his comments at an election rally on Sunday, Khan was ordered a nationwide 72 hour
campaigning ban for the provocative nature of his speech.
The EC had previously imposed a ban on Khan in 2014 for crass speeches he made while campaigning in
Uttar Pradesh. An FIR was also lodged against him.
This time however, Khan’s defence is that he did not name any person in his speech, and if there was any
proof of him maligning anybody, he would not contest the polls.
Jaya Prada had represented Rampur twice in Lok Sabha after winning in 2004 and 2009 as a Samajwadi
Party leader. Later, following differences with Mulayam Singh Yadav, she was expelled from the party.
A show cause notice was issued to Khan by The National Commission for Women (NCW) stating his
remarks were "extremely derogatory, offensive, unethical and show disrespect towards dignity of women".
It also urged the EC to take "strong action" against the SP leader.
The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) also asked the EC to take strict action against politicians making
"disparaging" comments against women.