The usage of foul language during electioneering hit a new low on Sunday, 14 April, when veteran SP leader Aazam Khan made an “underwear jibe”, which the BJP said was made against actor Jaya Prada, fighting the Lok Sabha polls from Rampur against him.
Without naming the actor, who is fighting as a BJP candidate from Rampur, Khan told the gathering in an election rally “… you got represented (by her) for 10 years. (aapne das saal apna pratinidhitwa karwaya).”
SP Leader Gets NCW Notice Over ‘Sexist’ Remarks Against Jaya Prada
“People of Rampur, people of Uttar Pradesh and people of India, it took you 17 years to understand her reality.
But, I could recognise it in 17 days that she wears a khaki underwear, (Rampur waalo, Uttar Pradesh waalo, Hindustan waalo, usski asliyat samajhne mein aapko 17 baras lag gaye. Main 17 dinon mein pehchaan gaya ki inke neeche kaa jo underwear hai, woh khaki rang kaa hai),” said Khan.
Obnoxious, Shameful Remark: BJP
The video of Khan’s purported speech was also doing the rounds on various social media platform.
Construing Khan’s remark as having made against Jaya Prada, BJP’s state unit spokesperson Chandramohan said, “It’s a very obnoxious and shameful remark.”
“The level of politics cannot fall lower than this. This remark by Azam Khan reveals the actual face of the Samajwadi Party in which he is expressing his real thoughts about women oblivious of all dignity,” said Chandramohan.
The BJP also asked BSP supremo Mayawati to make her stand clear on “this indecent remark against Jaya Prada.”
NCW Slaps a Show Cause Notice on Khan
National Commission for Women Chairperson Rekha Sharma too construed Khan’s remarks as having been made against the actor and termed the same as “extremely disgraceful”.
She said the women panel will be sending a show cause notice to Khan.
The tweet, which the NCW chairperson took note of quoted Khan as saying “Jaya Prada ke neeche ka underwear Khaki rang ka hai”.
Khan allegedly made the remarks while addressing a poll campaign rally at Rampur, which goes to polls on 23April along with a total of 115 constituencies across 15 states in the third phase of the elections.
“Extremely disgraceful,” said Sharma, reacting to Khan’s remark.
“Aazam Khan is always abusive and disrespectful towards women. The NCW will take suo motu cognisance and will send a notice to him. Will request Election Commission to bar him from contesting elections,” tweeted the NCW chairperson.
Dear Leaders, Sexist Remarks Can’t Deter Our Women in Politics