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Azam Khan's 'underwear' jibe against Jaya Prada under EC lens

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission is examining SP leader Azam Khan's remarks towards BJP's Jaya Prada to determine if the feedback transcend the violation of the Model Code of Conduct, an reliable of the poll panel stated Monday. Without taking names, Khan on Sunday had stated at an election rally in Uttar Pradesh's Rampur district that it took "you 17 years to understand her reality" however, "I could recognise it in 17 days that she wears a khaki underwear".

The BJP has pitted actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada towards Khan from the Rampur Lok Sabha seat.

The report, which incorporates the transcript of Khan's feedback towards the BJP candidate, used to be despatched to the Uttar Pradesh electoral officer, who has in turn despatched it to the EC for a call.

The reliable cited a clause in the Model Code of Conduct that asks events and applicants to "confine" their political assault all the way through campaigning to insurance policies and programmes of opponents.

"Parties and candidates shall refrain from criticism of all aspects of private life, not connected with the public activities of the leaders or workers of other parties," reads part of the clause.

The reliable stated, "If the EC concludes that he has actually made those remarks, it would take a call based on the provision. It can also go beyond the ambit of the model code as the reported remarks are not in a good taste."

Based on Khan's respond to a imaginable show-cause understand, the EC might decide on a punishment which goes beyond censure or reprimand, he stated.

An FIR used to be registered Monday towards Khan for his remarks beneath beneath the Indian Penal Code's section 509 and provisions of the Representation of the People Act.

The section relates to phrase, gesture or act supposed to insult the modesty of a lady.

Khan had stated "People of Rampur, people of Uttar Pradesh and people of India, it took you 17 years to understand her reality. But, I could recognize it in 17 days that she wears a khaki underwear."

The video of Khan's purported speech used to be also doing the rounds on more than a few social media platform.

Khan on Monday clarified that he had now not named anyone in his speech.

"I have now not taken the title of anyone, nor did I inform the certain side or unfavorable side of anyone. I only referred to a unwell particular person in Delhi, who deserves sympathy, and who had as soon as stated that he'll spray bullets on me with 150 rifles...

"I only stated that it took people lengthy to identify them, and the similar mistake used to be dedicated by our birthday party leaders as neatly," the SP leader stated.

"It may be identified that there used to be a RSS pant on his frame, and pants are worn by men. If anyone can prove that I had taken any title, or maligned anyone, then I will be able to now not contest the polls," Khan added.

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