Samajwadi Party’s senior leader and Ram Pur Lok Sabha candidate Azam Khan had made extremely distasteful and sexist remarks against his political opponent and BJP candidate Jaya Prada. Today, he is out giving other statements on how is he going to deal with government officials after he comes back to power.
Latest by #AzamKhan — कलेक्टर फ्लेक्टर से मत डरयो। जूते साफ कराउंगा अल्लाह ने चाहा तो।
.. And we wondered why UP was so lawless all these years. Good that these people are on leash now. All they can do is talk now. pic.twitter.com/3Y3gdmsWSk
— Raj Shekhar Jha (@rajshekharTOI) April 15, 2019
In a video, Azam Khan is seen speaking to the public during an election campaign. He is seen saying, “Do not be afraid of collectors. They are salaried employees. Nobody should bother about a salaried government employee. Have you seen how such big officers used to clean Mayawati’s shoes with their handkerchief? We have an alliance with Mayawati. If god wishes so, we will also make these collectors clean our shoes.”
Khan, whose shameful remarks against Jaya Prada has drawn severe criticism from all quarters yesterday, is not new to such statements. Neither is he new to misusing the state machinery for menial jobs. In early 2014, after some buffaloes were stolen from his farmhouse in Rampur, Khan had sent the entire police hierarchy, including DSP and other senior officers in Rampur, to search for his buffaloes.
In a sting operation by India Today, it was revealed that Khan had asked police officers not to do anything in the Muzaffarnagar riots. Officers had stated that Khan had put pressure on police and government officials to not do anything to control the riots, in a possible attempt to appease Muslims.
Khan’s latest remarks have roused condemnation in social media.
1. IAS officers in PMO want to shift to states because of tough working conditions under Modi.
2. Azam Khan is saying that one should not worry about collector etc. He said if God willing he will make them polish his shoes.
If ppl want 2 what can we say
— Chowkidar Ashu (@muglikar_) April 15, 2019
Another set of filth coming out from this man called #AzamKhan. Says will make DM and Collector clean his shoes, just like Mayawati got it done as they are now a coalition. Where does this man stop? Where? And why no action is being taken against this man?
— Praphul Singh प्रफुल्ल सिंह (@Praphul20) April 15, 2019
As per latest reports, UP Police have registered an FIR against Khan for his sexist and misogynist statements against Jaya Prada. A case has been registered against Khan under section 509 of the IPC. The National Commission of Women has also issued a notice to him for his remarks against Jaya Prada.