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Lucknow, Apr 15: Two in a row. After his underwear remark about Jaya Prada,  SP leader Azam Khan stoked a fresh controversy on Monday when he asked people not to be afraid of officials.

"Do not be afraid of Collectors. You know that our alliance is with Mayawati. When we come to power I will make these Collectors clean her footwear," he said at an election meeting.

Meanwhile, hitting out at  Azam Khan for his derogatory remarks on her, BJP's Rampur Lok Sabha seat candidate Jaya Prada, Monday said he has transgressed the 'lakshman rekha' and is no longer her brother.


 Khan, without taking names, on Sunday had said it took "you 17 years to understand her reality" but, "I could recognise it in 17 days that she wears a khaki underwear".


The BJP claimed that the comment was made against Prada, who is fighting the Lok Sabha polls against the Samajwadi Party (SP) leader.

 "(He has) crossed the lakshman rekhaa (his limits) this time. He is no longer a brother to me. I had considered him as my brother and tolerated everything, but now I cannot tolerate (this)," she told reporters in Rampur.

The actor-turned-politician also said the people will give an answer as people respect women.
"What is this man doing? Does he have the right to contest polls? I appeal to the Election Commission that he should not be allowed to contest the polls, he is not eligible to contest the polls," she said.

Khan had told a an election rally in Rampur, "... you got represented (by her) for 10 years."   "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,” he had said.

The video of Khan's purported speech was also doing the rounds on various social media platform.
 Seeking an answer from SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, Prada said, "I am asking Akihlesh, whether you will allow such a person to contest the polls. Shame. He (Khan) should be expelled."


Rampur goes to polls in the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections on April 23.
Prada also cited a Sanskrit shloka and said that "a family in which women are revered or given due respect, that family is blessed with divine qualities, divine food and children, and a family in which women are not revered, all their work bears no result".


Meanwhile, taking note of news reports, the National Commission for Women Monday strongly condemned the "extremely derogatory" remarks made by SP leader Khan against Prada and issued a show cause notice to him.

 A FIR has been lodged against Samajwadi Party leader Mohd Azam Khan in Rampur for making objectionable remarks against actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada who is contesting the Lok Sabha elections on a BJP ticket.

The Rampur police have booked Khan under Section 509 of the Indian Penal Code for insulting the modesty of a woman.

Khan, while addressing a rally in his constituency on Sunday, had reportedly said: "It took you 17 years to identify the real face of these people but I got to know in 17 days that they (‘yeh') wear khaki underwear."

Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav was present at the rally where he made the remarks.

Union Minister Sushma Swaraj, in a tweet, asked Samajwadi patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav to take note of the statement.

"Mulayam bhai, you are the patriarch of the Samajwadi Party. In Rampur, Draupadi's ‘cheer haran' is happening in front of you. Don't commit the mistake of staying silent like Bhishma Pitamah."

The reference to Draupadi added fuel to the fire and Khan's supporters claimed that it was the union Minister who had insulted Jaya Prada by comparing her to the mythological character.

The National Commission of Women (NCW) has issued a notice to Azam Khan.

Citing news reports, the NCW said that the alleged remarks made by him were "offensive, unethical and show disrespect towards the dignity of women".

NCW Under Secretary Barnali Shome said the Commission strongly condemns such irresponsible and disparaging remarks.

Meanwhile, a visibly upset Jaya Prada said on Tuesday that Azam Khan should not be allowed to contest elections after making such remarks.

"He should not be allowed to contest the elections because if this man wins, what will happen to democracy? There will be no place for women in society. Where will we go? Should I die? Will you be satisfied then? You think that I will get scared and leave Rampur but I will not leave," she said.

Mohd Azam Khan, on the other hand, denied having taken the name of Jaya Prada while making the statement.

"I used the word ‘inhe' and ‘uske' and not even once did I take her name. One particular channel did mischief and added the lady's name. I have the original recording and I am willing to face any court on the matter. The media should also behave responsibly while reporting facts," he said on phone.

Meanwhile, Azam Khan stoked a fresh controversy on Monday when he asked people not to be afraid of officials.

"Do not be afraid of Collectors. You know that our alliance is with Mayawati. When we come to power I will make these Collectors clean her footwear," he said at an election meeting.

News24 Bureau/ Agencies

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