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Irani questions silence of Cong, its allies on Azam Khan's remarks against Jaya Prada

Press Trust of India  |  Amethi (UP) 

Questioning the silence of the and its allies on Azam Khan's alleged "underwear" jibe against his BJP rival from seat Jaya Prada, on Monday said it was a clear indication that those connected with the UPA were disrespectful towards women.

"There is silence on the part of the Congress, its allies and other such political parties on the derogatory comments of ..there has not been any opposition to it nor any condemnation...this proves that those in the UPA are disrespectful towards women," she told reporters here.

Without naming Jaya Prada, Khan had told an election rally in Rampur, "You were represented (in the by her) for 10 years. People of Rampur, people of 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."

had represented twice in the after winning the elections in 2004 and 2009 as a Later, she was expelled from the party, along with Amar Singh, following differences with SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Last month, the joined the BJP and has been nominated as the saffron party's candidate against Khan from

Irani, the who is contesting the Lok Sabha polls from Amethi in against Rahul Gandhi, earlier held election meetings in Hatva, Saudana and Mavai villages, where she said those who had not seen poverty would never know its pain.

"(Narendra) Modiji is the son of a poor family. He has lived the life of a poor man...that is why he got toilets built for two lakh families in Amethi," she said at one of the poll meetings.

In keeping with his "sabka sath, sabka vikas" slogan, the had brought a number of schemes for the poor, the BJP said.

Irani alleged that Gandhi was not seen in Amethi after the 2014 parliamentary polls, adding that in the last five years, the had never raised the issues concerning his own constituency in the Lok Sabha.

She said the dynasts ("naamdar") think that the people of Amethi will keep standing before them with their hands stretched out and the youth will remain jobless.

"I am a woman coming from a common family. I had taken a vow in 2014 which I have the time has come for you all to give your blessings to Modiji and bid a farewell to the missing of Amethi," the said in an appeal to the voters.

Irani had lost against Gandhi from Amethi in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Five years later, she is hoping to breach the Gandhi family bastion.

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 18:25 IST