New Delhi, July 29 Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan on Monday apologized for making sexist remarks against BJP MP Rama Devi during the Lok Sabha proceedings last week.
“I had no malintent towards the Chair. Everyone in the House knows my speech and my conduct, but despite this, if the Chair feels that I made a mistake then I apologise for that,” Azam Khan said on Monday in Lok Sabha.
Khan in his response said: “I had no such intention for the Chair… Whole House knows my speech and conduct. Despite that if Chair feels that I had done any mistake then I apologize for that.”
Soon after the House assembled for the day, Speaker Om Birla asked Khan, an MP from Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur, to speak on the issue. The apology came after Azam Khan and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav met Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla in the House before the start of the session on Monday.
However, BJP MP Rama Devi refused to accept Azam Khan’s apology. She said, “Azam Khan’s behaviour has hurt the nation and its women. He has always made such remarks and never changed. His habit should change. He says whatever comes to his mouth, this needs to change.”
Participating in a discussion on the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 on July 25, Khan made a remark directed at Rama Devi, who was presiding over the House, drawing objections from the treasury benches.