On March 11, the day the assembly election results were declared, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan was not a very happy man.
He managed to win from his constituency, Rampur, a ninth time. His son, too, won from Suar Tanda. Yet Khan was perhaps disappointed that his party had been washed away in the deluge created by the BJP.
So there he was at Rampur Mandi to collect his certificate of victory from the counting center.
The officials did not allow the 68-year-old former minister’s car to enter the counting center area forcing the SP heavyweight to walk.
It was then that Khan lost his cool and verbally thrashed the officers, including Rampur’s Sub District Magistrate Abhay Kumar Gupta.
A video from the incident has gone viral. It shows Khan reprimanding the officer in a controlled manner while the latter hangs his head.
“Did Modi-ji instruct you to make me go through this?” Khan is heard asking.
“Is this why I brought you here? You had cried and asked for a transfer. You change colors this easily? If I had tripped and fell, it would have made national news,” Khan says.
He then threatened the officer, “I am still a minister. And I will be till the new government is formed. The election code of conduct is in place now, but it will be off in a few days and then, I’ll take action against you.”
Reports say that the officer is yet to register a complaint.