Former Samajwadi party leader and actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada today (Tuesday, March 26) joined Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
She was inducted into the party by BJP general Secretary Bhupendra Yadav and Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni, in the presence of other senior party leaders.
“This is a significant moment for me. Be it Cinema or Politics, I have worked with all my heart and dedicated my life to it. Thankful to the BJP for this respect,” Jaya told the media.
“Today I am working with that brave leader in whose hands the country feels safe … PM Modi. I thank the BJP and Amit Shah for this,” she said.
It is being speculated that Jaya can be fielded from the Rampur Lok Sabha constituency, which she represented in 2009 and 2014. On both the occasions she defeated Congress’s Noor Bano.
This time Samajwadi Party has fielded Azam Khan from the Rampur Lok Sabha constituency. It is to be noted that Azam Khan himself had introduced Jaya Prada in the Samajwadi Party, before that she was a member of Telugu Desam Party.
The rivalry between the Azam Khan and Jaya Prada too made headlines earlier, when Jaya had accused Azam Khan and his supporters of circulating her obscene photos on social media.
In 2009, supporters of Azam Khan openly campaigned against Jaya Prada after she moved to the Amar Singh camp. In the same year Jaya accused Azam Khan and his followers of circulating morphed pictures of her. The images reportedly showed Jaya Prada’s face put up on nude bodies and were circulated on social media. The CDs were also distributed across Rampur. Azam Khan, however, always denied the charges. Jaya Prada won the 2009 election but by a reduced margin of about 30,000 votes.
In 2018, Jaya Prada also compared Azam Khan to the character of Alauddin Khilji from Padmaavat movie. “When I was watching Padmaavat, Khilji’s character reminded me of Azam Khan ji, how he had harassed me during elections when I was contesting,” she had said.
Bollywood veteran actress Jaya Prada had joined Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in 1994.