Azam Khan, whose name was recently put on an online list of land mafias by the Rampur administration, never fails to come under the limelight with his controversial statement. The founding member of Samajwadi Party (SP) courted a fresh controversy on Thursday by making sexist remarks against Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament (MP) Rama Devi who was presiding the Lok Sabha proceedings in the absence of Speaker, Om Birla.
While Khan was speaking on Triple Talaq, he was intervened by the Union Minister, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. Irritated by Naqvi’s intervention, Khan read out a couplet, “Tu idhar-udhar ki baat na kar.” At this Rama Devi advised Khan not to look ‘here and there’ and address the chair. To this, SP leader end up making a controversial remark on Rama Devi in Hindi which can be roughly translated to “I like you so much that I feel looking into your eyes all the time.”
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Azam Khan’s reply to Rama Devi triggered acrimonious scenes as his word were not taken very well by the BJP leaders. Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Arjun Ram Meghwal demanded an apology from Khan.
Rama Devi immediately expressed her disappointment on Khan’s comment and said, “This is not the way to speak, please expunge these remarks.” Khan then replied by saying, “you are respected, you are like my sister.”
Rama Devi,BJP MP on Azam Khan’s remark on her: He has never respected women, we all know what he had said about Jaya Prada ji. He has no right to stay in Lok Sabha, I will request Speaker to dismiss him. Azam Khan must apologize. pic.twitter.com/z3pczYFkuB
— ANI (@ANI) July 26, 2019
While the BJP leaders were furious on the 70-year old MP of Rampur constituency, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav was seen defending Azam Khan. In his statement, he said, “I don’t think Azam Khan ji meant any disrespect to the chair (Rama Devi). These (BJP MPs) people are so rude, who are they to raise fingers?” He further added, “If the speaker finds it incorrect, he can remove it.“ and asked Khan to apologise.
After Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla returned to continue the proceedings, he also asked Khan to apologise. He said, “It is very easy for all of you to demand ‘expunge this expunge that’, but why should the need to expunge arise at all? Once a remark is given, it is already in public domain. Therefore, we all should speak keeping the dignity of the Parliament in mind,” Birla said.
Shiv Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi expressed her disappointment on Khan’s comment and said, “MP Azam Khan is a repeat offender and yet his party continues to back him to the hilt. Surprised to see Akhilesh ji come out in support of such misogynistic comment. Exposes the patriarchal and chauvinistic mindset of the party leaders of the party.“
Former Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan said, “I am not saying he should be punished. He should introspect if he should be in the Parliament or not. He should be given training on how to sit and talk in the Parliament.“
People may now be considering terming Khan a ‘Controversial King’ as he always make ways for protest to come along his way. During Lok Sabha election, Khan made a sexist remark against her counter part Jaya Prada, who was contending on BJP’s ticket, for which he was barred for campaigning for 72 hours by the Election commission. In his comment he said, “I brought her (Jaya Prada) to Rampur. You are a witness that I did not allow anyone to touch her body. It took you 17 years to identify her real face but I got to know in 17 days that she wears khaki underwear,” Khan had allegedly said while addressing a campaign rally in Rampur.