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Quit job, contest polls on SP ticket: Azam Khan to Khobragade

Amid outrage over the ill-treatment meted out to diplomat Devyani Khobragade in the US, UP's minister for urban development and minorities welfare Mohammad Azam Khan on Thursday offered her to contest in next year's Lok Sabha polls from Rampur on Samajwadi Party's ticket.

india Updated: Dec 19, 2013 21:53 IST
Manish Chandra Pandey
Manish Chandra Pandey
Hindustan Times

Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade should resign and contest on a Samajwadi Party (SP) ticket to avenge the humiliation meted out to her by the United States, said senior party leader and UP minister Azam Khan.

On Thursday, Khan offered a Lok Sabha ticket from Rampur in Uttar Pradesh (UP) to India’s deputy consul general in New York, who was arrested and humiliated in the US after her domestic help accused her of ill-treatment.

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.”

First Published: Dec 19, 2013 21:09 IST