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Police have lodged an FIR against Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan for his ‘khaki underwear’ comment against actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada.

Addressing an election rally on Sunday, Azam Khan had 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.”

Azam Khan, who is contesting the Lok Sabha Elections from Rampur on the SP ticket, had made the remark in the presence of former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav and other senior party leaders.

However, Azam Khan Yesterday (Monday, April 15) clarified that he did not make any objectionable remarks against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Jaya Prada.

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Asserting that he did not name anyone, the Samajwadi leader told ANI that he would withdraw his candidature from the ongoing polls if proved guilty.

“I have said that people took time to know real face in reference to a man once said that he brought 150 rifles with him and if he sees Azam, he would have shot him dead. My leaders also did a mistake. Now, it has been revealed that he has an RSS pant on his body. Shorts are worn by men,” Khan told ANI.

“I am a nine-time MLA from Rampur and been a minister. I know what to say. If anyone proves that I have named anyone and insulted anyone by name. If it is proved, I will step back from the elections,” Azam Khan said.

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Azam Khan also accused the media of misinterpreting his comments.

“I am disappointed. Media did not like me; I also did not like them. They have caused damage to the country,” he said.

Responding to the statement, Jaya Prada said Khan shouldn’t be allowed to contest elections.

“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 & leave Rampur? But I won’t leave,” she was quoted as saying by the news agency ANI.

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The National Commission for Women has strongly condemned the “extremely derogatory” remarks made by SP leader Azam Khan against actor-turned politician Jaya Prada and issued a show cause notice to him.

Responding over the controversial statement, Election Commission has ordered Azam Khan to not campaign for the 72 hours, as a penalty for his ill words.

Apart from Azam, Yogi Adityanath has been barred for 72 hours; Mayawati and Maneka Gandhi face a 48-hour ban. The nationwide ban comes into force at 6 am Tuesday, the poll panel said.

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