Amid the outrage and the Election Commission seeking a report, Jaya Prada has lambasted Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav for always shielding his party leader Azam Khan, when questioned over his failure to denounce Khan's crass 'Khaki' remark.
In a verbal attack, the BJP leader accused the SP leader of having that 'mentality and for failing to take action against Khan every time. In a communal plunge, she further blamed Khan of 'appeasing' Muslims citing it a reason for Yadav to 'protect' him.
The two politicians have had a turbulent past as Prada had accused Khan of distributing obscene CDs of her in the Lok Sabha elections of 2009 despite her contesting on the SP seat.
She said, "Akhilesh is always of that mentality because in 2009 the attack that happened on me, or the obscene photographs that he circulated of me, what did Akhilesh do then? He did not take any action against Azam. Azam only appeases the Muslims, so he (Akhilesh) always wants to protect him."
Sticking up for the derogatory remarks made by his party leader Azam Khan, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has out to defend the 'khaki' below the belt comment on BJP's Jaya Prada.
Instead of apologising for the comment that has been condemned by politicians from across the political spectrum including Union Minister Smriti Irani, senior Congress leader Sheila Dixit, Priyanka Gandhi and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, Yadav stated that Khan 'did not name anyone', further batted for his party's ideology towards women.
He said, "Remember Azam Khan was on stage a while ago. He said that some people wear RSS cloths. He was pointing out at someone else. We are Samajwadi people. We do not use language that hurt our women and children. We, Samajwadi people, can never do that. But we don't know, we need to be aware of these people, they might flip at any (unclear). Sometimes what they show is wrong. This is their helplessness. this is not our fight. "
He said, "Remember Azam Khan was on stage a while ago. He said that some people wear RSS cloths. He was pointing out at someone else. We are Samajwadi people. We do not use language that hurt our women and children. We, Samajwadi people can never do that."
"But we don't know, we need to be aware of these people, they might flip at any (unclear). Sometimes what they show is wrong. This is their helplessness. this is not our fight," he added.
Khan, who is in the political 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.
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