Veteran actor Jaya Prada joins BJP: She will represent Rampur against SP’s Azam Khan

Former lawmaker Jaya Prada has joined the Bharatiy Janatha Party this morning. It has come as a surprise as there is just two weeks left for the national elections.

She was a former Samajwadi Party member. Jaya Prada had represented Rampur twice in the Lok Sabha – in 2004 and 2009 – as a member of the Samajwadi Party.

She will contest on the Rampur constituency in Uttar Pradesh against Samajwadi Party’s Azam Khan.

Addressing her shift to BJP, the veteran actress has referred it as an “important moment” in her life. “I am a part of national party and I’m in a party, where the leader leads on issues of national security”.

“Whether it is films or politics, I have always worked with everything I have,” Jaya Prada said.

Jaya Prada had joined politics in1994 as a member of the Telugu Desam Party, which was headed by NT Rama Rao. Since then the actress is active in politics. She had to leave TDP  after ideological differences with Chandrababu Naidu. So after that she joined the Samajwadi Party.

But she and Amar Singh, with whom she has been closely associated, were expelled from the Samajwadi Party and both of them joined the Rashtriya Lok Dal ahead of the 2014 national elections.

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