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Azam Khan booked for controversial "Khaki Underwear" remark against Jaya Prada

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Azam Khan booked for controversial "Khaki Underwear" remark against Jaya Prada
15 April, 2019
Senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and former minister Azam Khan stoked a controversy by making sexist 'khaki underwear' comment against Jaya Prada, who is contesting the Lok Sabha poll against him on the BJP ticket. 

Addressing an election rally on Sunday, Azam Khan had said  "For 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. 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 khaki colour." 

Khan, who is in the fray from Rampur on the SP ticket, made the remarks in the presence of former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and other senior party leaders, who were present on the dais. The senior leader's remarks earned him ire of ruling BJP and a notice from the National Commission for Women. 

In his defence, Azam Khan said the words were not against Jaya Prada as he never took her name. Khan said his remarks were taken out of context and if proven guilty, he would not contest elections. 

"I will not contest the polls if proven guilty...I haven't named or insulted anyone and I know what I should say. I was a nine-time MLA from Rampur and have been a minister. I know what to say," Azam Khan told on the crude remarks.

The election for 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state is scheduled to be conducted in all seven phases. Eight seats in the state went to polls in the first phase on April 11. The final phase of voting will take place on May 19. The results will be announced on May 23.

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