Lucknow: Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav’s wife Dimple Yadav landed herself in a grave controversy on Wednesday as she defended Rampur candidate Azam Khan‘s sexist remark against BJP rival Jaya Prada, terming it ‘chhoti si baat’.

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).” On Monday, an FIR was registered against the SP leader for his remark.

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

Azam Khan’s son Abdullah slammed the poll panel over its decision to bar his father from campaigning and said, “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.”

Earlier, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav had also defended Azam Khan and said that his remark was not meant for the BJP leader. “Azam Khan had said some people have been wearing RSS clothes, he said this about someone else. We are Samajwadi (socialist) people, we don’t use offensive language against women and daughters,” ANI quoted Yadav as saying.

Rampur Lok Sabha constituency will go to polls in the third phase on April 23. The Lok Sabha Elections 2019 began in seven phases on April 11 and conclude on May 19. The counting of votes will be conducted on May 23.