BJP lawmaker and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker Rama Devi has said that she will "never forgive" Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan, even if he apologises for his remarks to her in parliament this week.
Azam Khan was condemned by lawmakers across political lines for his sexist remarks against Rama Devi who was chairing proceedings in Lok Sabha.. Rama Devi, a BJP MLA from Bihar, said that Azam Khan insulted the chair two times, one by making the comment and second one by not apologising instantly.
"When he (Azam Khan) gave this statement, I was sitting in the chair of the speaker. The chair looks where everyone is looked at equality. I respected everyone equally. Azam Khan was speaking directly to MPs when I asked him to address the chair. But soon after, he used words which cannot be repeated here," Rama Devi said.
"Every man has a mother, sister, daughter and wife. Azam Khan's remark is going to hurt not only women but also the dignity of men," she said.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Friday met parliamentarians to decide on action against the Uttar Pradesh politician after several lawmakers, including ministers, expressed outrage over his comments, and demanded exemplary action. Sources said that Speaker will demand an unconditional apology from Azam Khan in parliament on Monday, failing which, tougher action could be taken.