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Case filed against Azam Khan over controversial "Khaki Underwear" remark

DY 365 2019-04-15 11:38:00

April 15, 2019: Samajwadi Party candidate Azam Khan, caught on camera making disgusting comments while railing against his BJP rival Jaya Prada in Uttar Pradesh's Rampur constituency, said today that he will not contest the elections if anyone can prove that he named the actor-turned-politician when he said , "...the underwear beneath is of the khakhi colour." A First Information Report or FIR has been filed against him in Rampur for "insulting" the modesty of a woman.

Jaya Prada today came back sharply saying Azam Khan should not be allowed to contest polls. "It isn't new for me. You might remember that I was a candidate from his party in 2009, when no one supported me after he made comments against me...if this man wins, what will happen to democracy? ...Should I die, then you'll be satisfied? You think that I'll get scared and leave Rampur? But I won't leave," Jaya Prada said.

"I will not contest the polls if proven guilty...I haven't named or insulted anyone and I know what I should say," Azam Khan told news agency ANI on the crude remarks at an election rally on Sunday. "I was a nine-time MLA from Rampur and have been a minister. I know what to say," the SP leader said in a retreat following outrage and condemnation of his comments.

Azam Khan claimed he made the remarks in the context of a "man" who had apparently said that "he brought 150 rifles with him" and if he sees Azam Khan, he would shoot him. Without naming who he was referring to Azam Khan said, "Now, it has been revealed that he has an RSS pant on his body. Shorts are worn by men."

The SP leader had said on Sunday, "...I want to ask you, should politics stoop so low? 10 years the person sucked the blood of Rampur , I held that person's finger and brought the person to Rampur. I made her familiar with the streets of Rampur . I didn't let anyone touch her. No dirty words were used. You made the person your representative for 10 years . But what is the difference between you and me. Rampur waalon , Hindustan waalon , uski asliyat samajhne main aapko 17 baras lag gaye (understanding the person's real face you took 17 years). I realised in 17 days, that the underwear beneath is of the khakhi colour." Azam Khan's remarks were widely interpreted as targeted at Jaya Prada, who last week alleged that she left Rampur after her "indecent images" were circulated and attempts were made to attack her with acid.