Abdullah Azam Khan (Left), Jaya Prada (Right)
Days after Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan sparked controversy with his below-the-belt remarks against BJP's Jaya Prada, his son Abdullah has now made another derogatory remark against the actor-turned-politician, calling her ‘Anarkali’.
Claiming that Jaya Prada would be rejected by people in Anarkali parliamentary constituency, Abdullah said, “Rampur wants Ali as well as Bajrangbali but does not want Anarkali”, while speaking at Samajwadi Party’s final rally ahead of polling in the third phase.
Abdullah was speaking in reference to UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s controversial remark that the BJP has ‘Bajrang Bali’ (Lord Hanuman) and does not need Ali.
Hitting back, Jaya Pradad said she had not expected such remarks from Abdullah as he is educated.
“Can't decide whether to laugh or cry, like father like son. Had not expected this from Abdullah. He's an educated man. Your father says 'I'm Amrapali' and you say 'I'm Anarkali.' Is that how you see women of society?” she said.
Acting against Abdullah's remarks, Rampur District Magistrate said that an offence report will be registered against the former.
"An offence report to be registered against Abdullah Azam Khan for calling Jaya Prada 'Anarkali.' Have given video recording as evidence to Police authorities. Sections will be applied accordingly," said Rampur DM Anjanay Kumar.
Earlier, Abdullah had given the Election Commission’s decision of barring Azam Khan from poll campaigning for 72 hours a religious angle. He wondered if the poll panel had barred his father from campaigning because of his religion.
While addressing an election rally in Rampur, where he is pitted against Jaya Prada, Khan, without naming her, had said he had come to know in 17 days that "she wears a khaki underwear".
The comments earned Azam Khan the wrath of political opponents, the National Women's Commission as well as the Election Commission, who stopped Azam Khan from campaigning for 72 hours.