Hours after politicians across the spectrum condemned SP leader Azam Khan's comment on BJP candidate Jaya Prada who is fighting the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, the Congress has broken its silence on the issue, with the party's General Secretary (UP East) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and former CM of Delhi Sheila Dikshit having spoken about it.
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? (Jab aapke kisi sathi ne kisi mahila k khilaf koi galat bayan diya, tab aapne is desh ki tehzib unko kyu nahi sikhayi.)"
However, she did not name the either the Samajwadi Party or Azam Khan directly in her speech.
Azam Khan on Sunday in a disgraceful comment said that it was he who brought Jaya Prada to Rampur and it took 17 years for people to identify her real face. He then went on to make completely inappropriate and indefensible comments, including a shameful 'khaki-undergarment' remark.
Former CM of Delhi and Congress leader 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 like 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 the part of the same society. Whatever he (Azam Khan) has said, is wrong and I condemn each word."
The National Commission of Women (NCW) has also written a letter to the Election Commission demanding it to debar Azam Khan from contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha election. Chairperson of the Commission, Rekha Sharma called it disgraceful and appealed all women to not vote for him.
NCW has also sent the EC a letter asking it to cancel the nomination of Azam Khan for the upcoming Lok sabha elections 2019.