Slamming SP candidate for Rampur, Azam Khan, for his sexist comments, Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday said that while she supports tough talk when it comes to policies, a line must be drawn when commenting about others personally, in an interview with ANI.
"I am of the strong view that we can be tough and firm when we talk about ideologies and policies. But we have to respect one another somewhere and draw the line. So irrespective of which party, we have all learnt from good public discourses. Even then there are 1-2 oddballs. But I think that should be consciously in the back of our minds when we discuss politics."
She added that it was a responsibility towards future generations to avoid such sexist comments towards women in public discourse and that there should be some thought before such words are uttered.
"This is the legacy that we will leave for the next generation. It is our responsibility to do so. It is always easy to hit at a woman about other things that don't become part of the conversation. You can pick easily on things which are personal or gender-sensitive that are not called for. I find that coming easily without a thought. We should think before the words come out of our mouth. There should be some kind of a momentary application of mind."
The Election Commission on Tuesday had sent a notice to Samajwadi Party's Azam Khan for his "highly objectionable" speeches in various parts of Rampur during the Lok Sabha elections. Khan had already been issued a notice by the Election Commission imposing a 72-hour prohibition staring 10 am on Tuesday for his reprehensible 'khaki' comment against BJP candidate Jaya Prada calling it indecent' and 'repugnant'.
In a rally at Rampur, Khan, in the presence of senior SP leaders like former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav had said:
"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****."
He had previously been banned from campaigning in Uttar Pradesh for his misconduct and 'provocative' speech back in Lok Sabha 2014.
Uttar Pradesh is set to vote in all seven phases of the Lok Sabha polls. The 2019 Lok Sabha Elections will be held from April 11 to May 19 in seven phases, with the results scheduled to be announced on May 23.
(With ANI inputs)