Condemning the disgraceful comment by SP leader Azam Khan on BJP candidate Jaya Prada who is fighting the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 from Rampur in Uttar Pradesh against him, BJP leader and Union Minister Smriti Irani said that it is shameful that people have stooped down to such low level in politics.
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 diffrent 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."
("Ek mahila par abhadra tippni ho rahi thi aur manch par baithe samjwadi party ke neta jo chupchap sun rahe the mera unse aagrah hai, rajneeti apni jagah hai aur hindustan me mahila ka samman apni jagah hai. Aur aaj jo chup chap baith kar dekhte hai, unko jawab den ahoga samaj ko, ki kya aj rajneeti itni unchi ho gayi hai ki mahila ka apman ab samaj chup chap baithkar seh lega")
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.
Irani had earlier retweeted Sushma Swaraj's tweet asking Mulayam Singh Yadav, Dimple Yadav and others to take action while giving the reference of the Mahabharata.
"Mulayam brother - You are the Pitamaha of the Samajwadi Party. In front of you, Rampur's Draupadi (Jaya Prada) is being insulted (cheer haran). Don't make the mistake of being silent like Bhisma in the matter. @yadavakhilesh Smt. Jaya Bhaduri, Mrs. Dimple Yadav," Sushma Swaraj wrote to Twitter.
The National Commission of women 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.