On Friday, following the comment of Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan, BJP MP Rama Devi, who was sitting on the speaker's chair in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, the issue was shadowed in Parliament.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister Smriti Irani, Ravi Shankar Prasad and several other women MPs have demanded action against Azam Khan, along with apology.
BJP MP and Union Minister Smriti Irani said, "The whole country saw what happened here yesterday, this House passed the bill related to sexual harassment of women at the place of work. I appeal that all say in one voice – You can not misbehave any woman and you can not avoid drama on this issue later. "
At the same time, TMC MP Mimi Chakraborty said, "No one can stand in Parliament and say to a woman, 'Speak at my eyes, speaker Sir, here all women are expecting some tough action from you.'
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that it looks very good to see that all the people are standing up against what happened yesterday and are condemning it in a voice.
They said, "We expect from you (Lok Sabha Speaker) that such action will be taken against them, which is also an example for others."
Smriti Irani also said that it should not be seen as a problem of women only. "It is a blot on all MPs, including men. This is not such a house, where men come and say, 'to be scribbled in a woman's eyes.'"
Many male MPs are also indescribable to comment of Azam Khan.
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BJP leader and union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in the Lok Sabha, "Azam Khan should apologize or he should be suspended from Lok Sabha. This is our demand."
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in the Lok Sabha that politicization of issues related to women is shocking.
Pointing to the Congress MLAs, he said, "We have to stand together, why are some people interested in it? Why are there confusion? I am not taking anyone's name."
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary also spoke on the matter.
He said, "Congress party is against women's insults, sometimes Sonia Gandhi ji was called 'puppet of Italy' in Parliament."
At the same time, Akhilesh Yadav, President of Samajwadi Party, has been defending Azam Khan.
He said that he does not think that Azam Khan has made some derogatory remark for Rama Devi. He also said that who (BJP MPs) was the one who would raise finger?
NCP's Majid Memon said that whatever Azam Khan said, does not seem insulting. According to him, "he said nothing to insult the honorable chairperson, I do not think that Azam Khan will do such foolishness. I do not think this issue should be made."
However, later Akhilesh said, "If unanswered words were used yesterday, BJP MPs withdraw their words and if I used any unanswered word, then I would withdraw them."
Azam Khan has also spoken out to the media after leaving the Lok Sabha and said that if he had said anything objectionable in the House, he would resign himself.
At the same time BSP chief Mayawati has expressed objection to Azam Khan's remarks.
He tweeted, "The kind of indecent language used against the presiding woman in the Lok Sabha by Mr. Azam Khan, SP MP from UP, is repressing women dignity and respect and is highly condemnable, All women should apologize not only in the state. "
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Rama Devi too has demanded apology from Azam Khan. He said, "He never respected women, we all know what he had said about Jaya Prada Ji. He has no right to live in the Lok Sabha, I will appeal to the speaker that he should be sacked."
On Thursday, many MPs in the House started demanding apology from Azam Khan for this comment.
But Azam Khan replied in response to Rama Devi, "You are very respected, you are like my sister."
On this whole issue, the head of the National Commission for Women, Rekha Sharma, said that this is a very shameful comment.
He said that Azam Khan does so often. He also demanded action against Azam Khan from the Speaker of Lok Sabha and said that he should be declared disqualified.
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