Jaya Prada joins BJP, Honoured To Work Under PM Modi’s Leadership, may contest from Rampur against SP’s Azam Khan. Jaya Prada, who was once a star campaigner for Samajwadi Party, on Tuesday joined the BJP. The party is likely to field Jaya Prada from Rampur seat for 2019 Lok Sabha elections against Samajwadi Party’s Azam Khan.
Jaya Prada joined politics in 1994 as a member of the TDP, but she left following differences with Chandrababu Naidu and joined the Samajwadi Party. Later she was expelled and after briefly forming a new party with Amar Singh, joined Ajit Singh’s RLD.
She was expelled from the Samajwadi Party in 2010 for throwing her weight behind Amar Singh in a fight between him and the party leadership. They floated a regional party and contested the 2012 assembly election without much success.
The BJP may now field Jaya Prada from Rampur seat against Azam Khan. The bitter rivalry between the two leaders is already known. Azam Khan became a vocal critic of Jaya Prada after she moved to the Amar Singh camp. In 2009, Azam Khan supporters openly campaigned against the party candidate Jaya Prada.