As the elections intensify, Azam Khan's list of controversial statements against Election Commission have made news. In a recent statement, he has targetted BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's supporter Baba Ramdev by calling him, 'Neither a man nor a woman'.
Azam Khan said that Ramdev’s remark against Dalit women is condemnable; he further added that Ramdev left Ramlila Maidan dressed in a woman’s attire, if he had the courage he would have left the Ramlila Maidan with honour. Khan also said people who need women’s clothes to escape arrest cannot be beneficial to the people of the country and winning the support of people like Ramdev reflects BJP’s hollowness.
Earlier this month, Election Commission had put a ban on BJP's Amit Shah and Azam Khan. But the ban was removed for Amit Shah while azam Khan could not campaign in Uttar Pradesh.
The Samajwadi Party leader accused the Election Commission of being partial to Amit Shah, a close aide of Narendra Modi, who was spared a similar ban after he apologized to the Election Commission.
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"I replied to them (Election Commission) but they did not even wait for it or see it and punished me. They wrote 'reply is awaited' when it was in their office. Election Commission is not above the court of law. In a democracy, to make us silent and punish us like this is absolutely wrong. It shows the country that the EC is turning into a CBI," Khan said. Khan was banned from campaigning in UP earlier this month for saying at rallies that the Kargil war of 1999 was won by Muslim soldiers.
"I did not say anything about the Kargil. I just read out the names. If I had made a mistake there, I apologise. I have not divided on the basis of religion. Isn't there a Sikh regiment? These divisions should have gone with the British, maybe they can go now, they can improve now," he had said.
The Samajwadi Party leader said he had been "persecuted" for championing the cause of a community that is numerically weaker. "My secular credentials are beyond doubt. And by secular credentials, I imply my respect and concern for the rights and sentiments of all religions," he had stated.