By Abhinav Pandey LUCKNOW:
SEEKING a third term from Rampur Lok Sbha seat -- this time as a BJP candidate, Bollywood actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada on Monday attacked her one-time Samajwadi Party colleague and now a rival candidate Azam Khan, saying he is fighting polls to “legalise his acts”. “I have an emotional attachment with the people of Rampur.
I am here to work for them and make Narendra Modi our Prime Minister once again while Azam is fighting election to legalise his acts,” Jaya Prada told PTI in an interview. Jaya Prada, who had created history in 2004 by winning the Rampur seat for the first time for SP, defeating the heavyweight, sitting Congress MP Begum Noor Bano by 85,000 votes, is now back as a BJP candidate. On how she takes Azam Khan’s statement calling her “nachne gaane wali’ (singer-dancer), she said, “He can say anything. He did not have any respect for women. It’s his habit to make such statements but the people of Rampur knows him very well.”
“They dislike what he says and will reply to him with their votes,” she added. “In 2004, when I was in Mumbai (acting in Bollywood) and contested from here, he (Azam) campaigned for me. Didn’t he know me then? He now calls me ‘amrapali’ (dancer), nachne wali etc. It’s his habit, he can say anything to any women. He is a performer himself,” she added. About the response she is getting from the people of Rampur, Jaya Prada said, “Jatavs and Dalits are unhappy with the SP. They are with us.” Azam, who has been nine-time MLA from Rampur has done nothing for rural areas. He had been a Cabinet Minister but rural areas still lacks development as he did nothing.”