New Delhi: A day after the Election Commission barred Azam Khan from poll campaigning for 72 hours starting Tuesday, the SP leader’s son Abdullah gave the panel’s decision a religious angle. Abdullah Azam Khan today asked the poll panel if his father was barred from campaigning because of his religion.

Further, the SP leader’s son claimed that the panel did not do the needful. “You banned him from election campaigning only because he is a Muslim? No notice was given before imposition of the ban, rightful procedure was not followed,” ANI reported Abdullah Khan as saying.

Azam Khan, at an election rally in Rampur on Sunday, without taking any names, said, “People of Rampur, people of Uttar Pradesh and people of India, it took you 17 years to understand her reality. But, I could recognize it in 17 days that she wears khaki underwear. (Rampur waalo, Uttar Pradesh waalo, Hindustan waalo, usski asliyat samajhne mein aapko 17 baras lag gaye. Main 17 dinon mein pehchaan gaya ki inke neeche kaa jo underwear hai, woh khaki rang kaa hai).” (Also Read: EC Bars Azam Khan, Maneka Gandhi From LS Polls Campaigning For Violating Poll Conduct)

On Monday, the Election Commission barred Azam Khan from election campaigning for 72 hours starting from 10 AM Tuesday, for violating Model Code of Conduct during his election campaign held in Rampur.