The minister was himself humiliated in the US in April when he was frisked at the Logan International Airport in Boston. He was part of a delegation headed by UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, who had later cut short his US tour in protest against the insult meted out to Khan.
The Congress and the BJP mocked Khan’s offer to the Indian diplomat.
“Oh, why look that far? If he wants to field women bureaucrats on the party ticket, he may even consider UP IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal,” said senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who hails from Rampur.
Nagpal was suspended by the UP government allegedly for taking on the mining mafia, a move for which the UP government was censured across the country. The suspension was finally revoked.
Congress leader Siraj Mehndi said, “Imagine the humiliation Khan had heaped on actor-turned-Rampur MP Jaya Prada (Khan’s rival). She too was a woman. A politician who could not tolerate a woman is now talking of defending the honour of another woman. Isn’t that strange?”
Mohammad Tariq, chairman of the research and analysis wing of the UP Congress, slammed Khan for his “offer”.
“The Indian government has dealt with the issue of the humiliation of the Indian diplomat in a firm and mature way. I don’t think anyone should play petty politics on such sensitive issues.”