“I am BJP’s item girl”: SP leader Azam Khan

Azam Khan. Credit: PTI

Allegation made after second FIR in two weeks registered against SP leader

Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan said on Wednesday that the ruling BJP invoked his name whenever elections are near, treating him like an ‘item girl’.

“I am the item girl of the BJP,” Azam Khan said. “They contest all the elections on my name. The last assembly election was fought on my name and the same is the case with the coming Lok Sabha elections,” he added. “The present state of affairs is such that I do not remember how many cases have been filed against me and where, I keep getting summons and warrants,” he said.

A second FIR in two months was registered against Khan on Tuesday, on a complaint by Ambedkar Mahasabha general secretary Amarnath Prajapati. Prajapati alleged that Khan termed B. R. Ambedkar someone who “grabs land” during the inauguration of Haj House in Ghaziabad. “All over the state, there are statues of a person whose finger seems to say that it owns not only the plot in which it stands but also the plot towards which it is pointing,” the SP leader allegedly said.

On October 17, Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh had filed an FIR against the controversial SP leader for allegedly threatening his daughters with acid attack.

“I am the item girl of the BJP,” Azam Khan said. “They contest all the elections on my name. The last assembly election was fought on my name and the same is the case with the coming Lok Sabha elections,” he added. “The present state of affairs is such that I do not remember how many cases have been filed against me and where, I keep getting summons and warrants,” he said.

In Lucknow, the BJP slammed Azam Khan over the indecent ‘item girl’ remark. “The days of politics of vote bank, appeasement and corruption, which he had been indulging in, are over,” Uttar Pradesh BJP spokesperson Chandramohan said.