BJP candidate 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 said.
Jaya Prada 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. Asked what differences she finds in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls as compared to her earlier bids, Jaya Prada said:
"With the BJP cadre around with me, things have become much easier. I had to manage things earlier on my own but with the cadre support this time, it is quite easy to manage them".
On how she takes Azam Khan's derogatory remarks against her, Jaya Prada 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. 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.
Referring to various controversial remarks made by Azam Khan in past, Jaya Prada said:
"Those who call Bharat Mata as 'dayan', who does not acknowledge Kashmir as part of India and use foul language against our PM Modi and CM Yogi Adityanath, stands exposed before people. Their anger is visible when I meet them and they share their views.
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".
When asked for her reactions on the statement "she is an outsider", Jaya Prada asked, "How can I be outsider?"
"I represented the constituency in 2004 and 2009. I have been with the people in their good and bad times. They (rivals) are trying to confuse people but they are certainly not confused. They have made up their mind".
Earlier on April 03, 2019, newly inducted BJP leader Jaya Prada broke down in the middle of her speech while addressing the crowd in Rampur, the Lok Sabha constituency from where the actor-turned-Politician will compete with SP's Azam Khan. In her address, the BJP leader was expressing her happiness to work with the party that stands for the protection of women in this country. As Jaya Prada broke down, the crowd started chanting slogans in support of her:
"Jaya Pradav ji sangharsh karo hum apke saath hai. Jai Hind and Vande Mataram. Bharat Mamata Ke Jai".
Resuming her speech, the BJP leader continued:
"For the first time I feel that all the powers are with me. The BJP is backing me, all the BJP ministers are with me. I don't want to cry, I want to laugh. I have the right to live and I will serve all of you. I am proud that I am associated with the party that protects the women in this country. The brave Prime Minister--our Neta--PM Modi ji is undertaking all the efforts to protect this country".
(With inputs from PTI)