Amid national outrage over Azam Khan's sexist remarks on Lok Sabha chair Rama Devi, former Uttar Pradesh CM Mayawati on Friday took to Twitter and strongly condemned the comments made by the SP MP in Lok Sabha on July 25. Mayawati, the chief of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) which is notably a former ally of Samajwadi Party in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, lashed out at the Rampur saying that he has hurt the dignity of a woman by using such derogatory comments. She further called for an apology from Azam Khan not only to the Rama Devi and Lok Sabha, but to all the women.
"The kind of derogatory language used by SP MP Azam Khan against the Presiding Women in the Lok Sabha yesterday has hurt the dignity and respect of women and is highly condemnable. He should apologise for his comments in not only in the Parliament but to all women out there," Mayawati wrote in her tweet in Hindi.
Union Minister Smriti Irani on Friday in a strong-voiced message condemned the statements made by Azam Khan on Lok Sabha Chair Rama Devi and urged all the Members of Parliament to stand united in condemning the 'Aankho Mein Aankh' sexist remark by the SP MP.
"Not being a woman, not being a women MP, but being a Parliamentarian, I appeal the entire house to send the message that a woman can be from any party, the privilege of the House will not be misused to insult a woman," Irani said.
On Thursday, the Lok Sabha witnessed uproar amid the Triple Talaq Bill debate when SP MP Azam Khan made sexist remarks at Lok Sabha chair Rama Devi.
"I really like you so much that I feel like keep looking into your eyes. I feel like never taking my eyes off you," Azam Khan said talking to the Lok Sabha chair. (Aap mujhe itni achi lagti hai ki aapke aankho main aankhe dale rahu ye mera man karta hai. Main kabhi na nazar haatau aapse. Aap kitni acchi jagah baithi hai.)
While Azam Khan made the filthy remarks at Rama Devi, SP chief president Akhilesh Yadav grinned and asked him to continue to speak amid chaos in the Lok Sabha. Later, defending his party leader, Akhilesh Yadav said that there was nothing disgraceful or intentional on what Azam Khan said.