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EC imposes 3-day campaign ban on Azam Khan for ‘underwear’ jibe at Jaya Prada.

Also imposed a restrictions on the campaigning of senior politicians for violating Model Code of Conduct.

Key data’s:

  • Senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan was slapped with a poll campaign ban, an FIR and a women commission notice for his alleged “khaki underwear” jibe at BJP leader Jaya Prada.
  • the Election Commission on Monday night imposed a nationwide ban on him from campaigning for 72 hours, beginning on 16th April, after had a probe of the remarks made at an election rally by Khan, who has often stoked controversies with his speeches.
  • During the last Lok Sabha elections in 2014, the EC had imposed a ban on Khan from campaigning in Uttar Pradesh for his provocative speeches and had also lodged an FIR against him.


Who is Jaya Pradha?

  • Jaya Prada had represented Rampur twice in Lok Sabha after winning in 2004 and 2009 as a Samajwadi Party leader. Later she was expelled from the party, along with Amar Singh, following differences with Mulayam Singh Yadav.
  • Last month she joined BJP and has been nominated as the saffron party’s candidate against Khan from Rampur, which goes to polls on April 23.
  • So, the clash words were uttered during Khan’s campaign against her since, she belongs to an opposition party.

Response rose against Khan:

  • The National Commission for Women (NCW) issued a show cause notice to Khan, saying his remarks were “extremely derogatory, offensive, unethical and show disrespect towards dignity of women”. It also urged the EC to take “strong action” against the SP leader.
  • The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) also asked the EC to take strict action against politicians making “disparaging” comments against women.
  • Union Minister Sushma Swaraj questioned SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav’s silence on the matter and asked him not to stay silent like ‘Bhishma Pitamah’ did at disrobing of Draupadi in Mahabharata.

Ban on other leaders:

The Election Commission of India also imposed a ban for campaign on;

  • Yogi Adityanath, CM of Uttar Pradesh for 72 hours.
  • Mayawati, BSP Chief for 48 hours.
  • Menaka Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development for 48 hours.

The Election Commission of India, reprimanded Mayawati for the Violation of Section 123 (Corrupt practices) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.

Section 123 (3) of the RPA, 1951:

  • The promotion of, or attempt to promote, feelings of enmity or hatred between different classes of the citizens of India on grounds of religion, race, caste, community, or language, by a candidate or his agent or any other person with the consent of a candidate or his election agent for the furtherance of the prospects of the election of that candidate or for prejudicially affecting the election of any candidate.
  • The Supreme Court on January 2 ruled that politicians cannot seek votes on the grounds of caste, creed or religion.

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