The Uttar Pradesh police registered an FIR against Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan for his “underwear jibe,” on Monday, 15 April, which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alleged was made against actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada, who is fighting the Lok Sabha polls from Rampur against Khan.
On 14 April, Khan claimed that his statement was aimed at a “person in Delhi,” and that he would not contest the elections if he was “proven guilty,” reported ANI.
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).”
“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.
Reacting to Khan’s comment, Prada said he must not be allowed to contest elections.
Jaya Prada, BJP leader”He shouldn’t be allowed to contest elections. Because if this man wins, what will happen to democracy? There’ll be no place for women in society. Where will we go? Should I die, then you’ll be satisfied? You think that I’ll get scared and leave Rampur? But I won’t leave.”
Khan Clarifies Comment
Speaking to ANI, Khan claimed that he was “referring to a person” in Delhi and that his comment was not a veiled attack at Prada.
Azam Khan, SP leader”I was referring to a person in Delhi who is unwell, who had said, ‘I came with 150 rifles and I would have shot Azam if I had seen him.’ Talking about him, I said, it took a long time to know people and later it was found that he was wearing RSS shorts.”