Even as Samajwadi party leader Azam Khan brazenly denied to apologise over his sexist remark on the Lok Sabha chair Rama Devi, former chief minister of Bihar has backed him and said that there is nothing wrong in his statement. Speaking to news agency ANI, former CM and chief of HAM party Jitan Ram Manjhi said that
"I have heard what he said. People are calling it sexy appeal. People are calling it sexist remark, but he said it in a good faith. And people are blowing it out of proportion. Whatever he said he told to his sister, if people are offended then he should apologise, whats wrong in apologising to his sister...Young people meet, brothers sisters meet and kiss, Is it sex? A mother kisses her son. Is that also sex? Azam Khan also spoke in a similar manner. He is being misinterpreted. Majority must be granted, he must not resign but when everybody is taking it differently then he must apologise."
Khan had on Tuesday said in the lower house of the Parliament to the Lok Sabha chait Rama Devi, "I really like you so much that I feel like keep my eyes on your eyes. I feel like never removing my eyes off you (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.)." Following his sexist remark, the government demanded his apology, even as SP chief Akhilesh Yadav defended him.
Woman and Child Development minister Smriti Irani on Friday slammed the sexist statements made by Azam Khan, appealing the MPs to stand united to issue punishment for the SP MP over his 'Aankho Mein Aankh' remark.
"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.
Joining her, many other women MPs too slammed Khan's sexist comments on the floor. Former EAM Sushma Swaraj took to Twitter saying that his such repeated statements prove that he is suffering from a mental disorder. Adding that Khan crossed all the dignity while addressing the woman Speaker in Parliament, she called for a strict punishment against the SP leader.