Hinting at contesting for Uttar Pradesh State Assembly elections, days after winning the Rampur Lok Sabha elections, SP leader Azam Khan, on Sunday has said:
"I am thinking of quitting my parliamentary post and contesting for state assembly elections. It is possible that I will contest in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha elections."
Repeating claims of threats to his life, Khan added that conspiracy was afoot to kill him by different governments and many high officials. He also added that the media was calling him the most criminal MP.
"To remove me from the state, every government has made efforts. An attempt at my life was made, my license was cancelled. Serious allegations were made and a conspiracy to kill me in an encounter was planned, where high officials complained that I was a danger to his life. This was all a ruse to murder me. Media reports have declared that I am the most criminal MP who has won the elections," he added.
Khan had fought a very controversial and communal poll battle for Rampur constituency against BJP's newly-inducted actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada.
In the high-profile battle for Rampur Lok Sabha seat, the final vote count revealed a victory for SP's Azam Khan with 52.71 percent votes against BJP's Jaya Prada who came second close with 42.34 percent votes.
Witnessing a triangular battle this election between SP’s Azam Khan, BJP’s Jaya Prada and Congress’s Sanjay Kapoor in 2019, Rampur Lok Sabha constituency was won by Jaya Prada in 2004 and 2009, however, on a Samajwadi Party ticket. But later, she fell out of favour with the party following her rift with Azam Khan, who first introduced the Bollywood celebrity to Rampur and played a key role in clinching her first win.
During the 2019 poll campaign, the constituency saw massive controversies against the Samajwadi Party, after the ‘khaki underpants’ jibe by Khan against Prada. In the aftermath of the controversies, a war of words was triggered between Jaya Prada and Azam Khan, amidst which he was banned by the Election Commission from campaigning for 48 hours over his sexist jibes against his BJP contender.