Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister and senior Samajwadi Party leader Mohammad Azam Khan, who created a controversy by alleging that a 'political conspiracy could be behind the recent Bulandshahr gang-rape, on Tuesday went into a damage control mode.
Khan defended his 'conspiracy' comment and told media, "I did not say Bulandshahr gang-rape was 'virodhiyon ki shaazish' (conspiracy by oppositions). What I said was that elections in Uttar Pradesh are nearing and so many such incidents are happening. It needs to be investigated."
Earlier today, the Samajwadi Party leader asserted that the brutal gang-rape of the mother-daughter duo in Bulandshahr could be a political conspiracy.
"Elections are near and a desperate opposition can stoop to any level to defame the government," Khan alleged.
Reacting to Azam Khan's insensitive statement, the father of minor victim had asked, "Will Azam say the same thing about his family?"
Revealing that his daughter has stopped speaking and is constantly crying, the victim's father asked the minister,"Will Azam Khan call it a political conspiracy if his own kin were victims."