It is not a surprise to many, by now, that whenever Azam Khan speaks to media or addresses a public gathering, controversy makes it’s clear way to attract million eyes and ears. The sitting Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Rampur constituency of Uttar Pradesh, Azam Khan, was speaking to reporters after casting his vote in the on-going Lok Sabha poll on Wednesday, when he made a sharp attack on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led central as well as state government.
“My life is very transparent. If I would’ve done anything wrong in my entire life, the Modi government would have hanged me long time back from Qutub Minar,” said Khan to reporters after casting his vote, quoted news agency ANI. The nine time MLA from Rampur constituency is Samajwadi Party’s (SP) MP (Member of Parliament) candidate from the same Rampur constituency. Khan, further, went ahead to speak about his assets and clarified that he has made several institutions to help the underprivileged people.
“I run schools to help poor families who could not finance the education of their children. We only take Rs. 20 from each student,” claimed Khan while further stating that his objective behind setting up institutions is to help people. “I have opened schools and universities, which are known for maintaining discipline and peace across the world. But the government deliberately filed cases against me and constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT),” quoted the news agency as said by Khan to reporters.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) came heavily on Azam Khan last week after the ‘Rowdy’ MLA made some alleged derogatory remarks on his counter part, Jaya Prada, who is BJP’s candidate against him in Rampur. “I brought her (Jaya Prada) to Rampur. You are a witness that I did not allow anyone to touch her body.” Khan started his attack, purportedly, on 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 identify it in 17 days that she wears a khaki underwear (relating it to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) attire) (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 ka jo underwear hai, woh khakhi rang ka hai,)” added Khan as could be heard in the video allegedly of Azam Khan addressing a gathering on April 14.
His remark had sparked controversy and the former minister of Uttar Pradesh had to face public outrage as well as legal course of action for his below-the-belt remark on Jaya Prada. The National Commission for Women (NCW) took cognizance of the matter and served notice to Khan. Khan was banned for seventy two hours from campaigning for the on-going Lok Sabha election 2019 last week by ECI.
A First Information Report (FIR) under Section 509 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) was also filed against Khan for his alleged derogatory remark. “An FIR has been registered against Azam Khan under section 509 of the IPC (word, gesture or act to insult the modesty of a woman) and under sections of the Representation of People’s Act,” said Aajaneya Kumar Singh, District Magistrate of Rampur, quoted news agency PTI.