Slamming Azam Khan for his sexist comments against Lok Sabha chair Rama Devi on Thursday, Union Minister of Women and Child development Smriti Irani tweeted that Azam Khan's comments are a reflection of his character. She added that by defending Khan, Akhilesh Yadav too had shown he shared the same thought process.
(The shameful statement given by Azam Khan is a reflection of his character. By defending him, Akhilesh Yadav has also proved that there was no difference in his thinking. It is a matter to think that if he can behave so maliciously with a woman in the parliamentary House, how he would behave with an ordinary woman)
She further tweeted that Khan was a blot on all male legislators adding that if he behaved so with an elected woman MP, one could only imagine how he would behave with an ordinary woman.
Earlier in the day, amid the Triple Talaq Bill debate, SP MP Azam Khan raked up yet another controversy and made sexist remarks at Lok Sabha chair Rama Devi, which resulted in chaos on the floor of the Lower House of Parliament.
"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.
Even after Rama Devi, who is also BJP MP, told him not to utter in such a way, saying "this is not how to speak (Ye bolne ka tareeka nhi hai)", Azam Khan continued his shocking remarks at the Lok Sabha chair, regarding her as his sister.
"You are very respectful, very sweet. You are like my sister. Sweet sister," the SP leader added.
Moreover, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav did not condemn his actions and asked him to continue talking. Amid the chaos over Azam Khan's sexist remarks, other MPs sitting in the Lok Sabha demanded him to take his words back and apologise to the Lok Sabha chair. Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also asked Azam Khan to apologise to Rama Devi. The National Commission for Women (NCW) demanded that he should be sacked as it is not the first time that he has committed such a mistake.
Lok Sabha chair Rama Devi too has condemned Khan's behaviour saying that he should have respected the chair and its dignity. She added saying that if the SP leader does not apologize, she would take appropriate steps against his misbehaviour.