Rampur: Actress-turned-politician Jaya Prada has strongly reacted to Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan's objectionable remarks against her during an election rally in Rampur on Sunday, where he was also joined by party chief Akhilesh Yadav. The alleged remark has sparked a huge controversy.
"I am not able to tolerate the language he has used against me," Jaya Prada told Zee News and urged the people to fight against him by not giving any votes in Khan's favour in the general election.
"If you consider me your sister, I am urging you to fight against Azam Khan. When you exercise your franchise on April 23, ensure that he doesn't get any vote," Jaya Prada, who is BJP candidate from Rampur, said. She also added that she is "not afraid" of Khan and said that Khan is "not normal."
"Azam Khan always spews venom against me. Election Commission should ban him from fighting the election and initiate action against him, Akhilesh and Mayawati," Jaya Prada told Zee News.
She also slammed Akhilesh Yadav for derogatory remarks.
Jaya Prada recently joined BJP. She is a former SP MP but was expelled from the party in 2010.
Azam Khan has categorically denied making any derogatory remarks against Jaya Prada and also issued a clarification saying, "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," he told ANI.
"I was 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," he added.
Khan also claimed that he was misinterpreted by the media. On Monday, an FIR was registered against him.
Meanwhile, National Commission for Women (NCW) Chairperson Rekha Sharma said that the panel will be sending a show cause notice to Khan for his alleged remarks.
Voting in Uttar Pradesh will be held in all seven phases. The counting of votes will take place on May 23.
(With ANI inputs)
(Note: Zeenews.com has intentionally edited out the alleged remark made by Azam Khan from the above copy)