A day after the Election Commission of India (ECI) imposed a campaigning ban on Azam Khan for 72 hours for his controversial remark, Samajwadi Party leader’s son came for the defence of his father.
“The ban imposed (on Azam Khan) because of being Muslim,” said Khan's son Abdullah.
On Monday, the National Commission for Women urged the Election Commission to take "strong action" against SP leader for making offensive remarks against actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada.
NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma in a letter to Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora cited two instances when Khan made offensive comments against Jaya Prada, who is fighting the Lok Sabha election against the SP leader from Uttar Pradesh's Rampur seat.
During an election rally in Rampur, Khan had said, "People of Rampur, people of Uttar Pradesh and people of India, it took you 17 years to understand her reality. But, I could recognise it in 17 days that she wears a khaki underwear".
The NCW said the alleged remarks made by Khan were "offensive, unethical and show disrespect towards dignity of women".
Taking note of both these instances, the NCW urged the poll panel to investigate and take appropriate "strong action" against Khan.
The NCW also issued a show-cause notice to Khan over his remarks.
(With inputs from PTI)