The Election Commission taking cognisance of the crude 'khaki' remark by Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan's over BJP's Jaya Prada has sought for a report.
The poll body's move comes subsequent to the National Commission for Women's stand who have termed Khan's remarks against the BJP leader as 'extremely disgraceful' and sends a letter to EC to cancel his nomination.
The poll panel in an unsparing mood this election season has already penalized Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and BSP supremo Mayawati over their communal statements. Wherein the poll body has issued a notice to Mayawati imposing 48-hour prohibition and Yogi Adityanath imposing a 72-hours ban on their election campaigns starting 6 am on Tuesday, as a part of their punishment.
Khan, who is in the fray from Rampur on the SP ticket, made the obnoxious remark in the presence of former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and other senior party leaders, who were present on the dais.
"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 underp****," said Khan while addressing an election rally here.
However, party chief Akhilesh Yadav sticking up to his party leader has maintained his denial.
He said, "Just now, Azam Khan gave a speech on the stage where he said that some people wear the RSS pants. He did not name anyone. The people of Samajwadi Party do not say such things about women and daughters."
The statement has led to outrage across the political spectrum including Union Minister Smriti Irani, senior Congress leader Sheila Dixit, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti.
In her election rally in Fatehpur Sikri, Priyanka Vadra asked why the parties that swear by the secular fabric of the nation kept quiet when comments were being made on a woman.
"When someone from your party gave a wrong statement on a woman, why didn't you make them recall the tradition of this country?"
Former CM of Delhi Sheila Dikshit also expressed her displeasure over the disgusting comment by the leader. She said:
"Whatever he (Azam Khan) has done, it is wrong, absolutely wrong. In our country, women have been treated equally as men. There have been the women like Indira Gandhi the best of all Prime Ministers ever. And now Priyanka is also in politics. So this is a country where women are equal to men. In politics and elsewhere. Women never say or comment on actions by men or tell them what to do what not to do. Both are part of the same society. Whatever he (Azam Khan) has said, is wrong and I condemn each word."
Speaking to media, Smriti Irani said that politics and respect for women are two different things and must be kept apart.
"Lewd comments were being made on a woman and all the leaders of Samajwadi Party were sitting idle on the stage. They were listening quietly to whatever was being said. They must know that politics and respect for women are two different things. Today, people who were sitting idle and did not break their silence on such a lewd comment will have to give their answer to the society, that is politics greater than a woman's dignity and respect in current times."