Veteran actor and former lawmaker Jaya Prada joined the BJP Tuesday, two weeks before the national elections. Jaya Prada was officially inducted in the BJP at party headquarter in New Delhi.
“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 Prada said at the press conference.
Jaya Prada also said that, “I am a part of national party and I’m in a party, where the leader leads on issues of national security… I’m honoured to work under PM Modi’s leadership.”
“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 added.
She has been pitted against Samajwadi Party’s Azam Khan on the Rampur constituency in Uttar Pradesh. Jaya Prada had represented Rampur twice in the Lok Sabha — in 2004 and 2009 — as a member of the Samajwadi Party.
Jaya Prada, during her Samajwadi Party days had claimed that she was harassed by Azam Khan and received threats from him.
“Even as a sitting MP (Member of Parliament) from a party, I wasn’t spared. Azam Khan harassed me. He attempted an acid attack on me. I had no certainty if I would be alive the next day. I would tell mother while leaving the house that I wasn’t sure if I would ever return home. I emerged out of it,” Jaya Prada told reporters at a literature festival in Mumbai last month.
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.