SP leader Azam Khan, who was recently banned by the Election Commission for communal remarks, on Friday courted controversy by saying that since Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi was not warned for his 'murder accused' comments against BJP president Amit Shah, it must be true.
"I have heard from the media that murder-accused Amit Shah has been called 'murder accused' by Rahul Gandhi. This must be true because Rahul Gandhi has not been punished for this by the Election Commission, giving him a clean chit," he said.
He further claimed that he was the only Lok Sabha candidate who had stepped out of his house to only cast his vote and not roam about, fearing that if he steps out the city will turn into a bloodbath.
"Since Election Commission is not entirely sure of that the BJP will be able to form a government, they are now behind all the smaller pieces. To countermand polls in my constituencies and to kill me, what efforts have been left out by governments, DMs,ADMs, CEOs, SOs? There is not one such parliamentary candidate except for me who has left his house on voting day only to cast his vote, not roaming in his constituency of the fear that if he steps out the city will turn into a bloodbath," he added.
He also added a communal spin to his comment saying that people of a single caste had been beaten black and blue by the area police after the polls.
"There is no such constituency where only one caste's 77,000 people have been given red and yellow cards and four policemen have gone to their houses warning not to come outside and have beaten people of one caste after 7 PM," he claimed.
Khan had been banned from campaigning for 48 hours on Tuesday for his provocative remarks against poll authorities in Uttar Pradesh and making communal statements. The ban will come into force at 6.00 AM Wednesday. This was his second ban in the month of April.
Earlier on April 25, while addressing a rally, Khan had alleged that the Indian Army had raised religious slogans during the Kargil War to fool Pakistan.
"During Kargil war, Indian soldiers comprising both Hindus and Muslims defeated Pakistanis. The Indian soldiers shouted 'Naara-e-Takbeer Allahu Akbar' slogan to fool the Pakistanis, who mistook them for their own soldiers and came out of their cover. After this Indian soldiers easily defeated them," he alleged.
He was earlier banned for 72-hours for his 'khaki underwear' jibe at BJP candidate Jaya Prada. So far Khan has been mentioned in 12 cases of alleged violations in Uttar Pradesh.
Rampur voted in the third phase of elections where Azam Khan faced BJP candidate Jaya Prada.