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Veteran actress and former MP Jaya Prada on Tuesday (March 26) joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Delhi: Veteran actor and former MP Jaya Prada joins Bharatiya Janata Party. pic.twitter.com/vmZD3H1PSL— ANI (@ANI) March 26, 2019
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.
She added, "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 is likely to contest 2019 Lok Sabha election from Rampur constituency in Uttar Pradesh against Samajwadi Party's key candidate Azam Khan.
The two of them have been active political rivals since ages, in spite of the fact that both were a member of the SP in 2009.
Jaya’s political journey started with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in 1994, however, she quit the party following a spat with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. She then joined the Samajwadi Party (SP) and contested the 2004 Assembly elections from the Rampur constituency. She won the elections and served as MP from Rampur between 2004- 2009. In 2010, the actor was expelled from the party following her relationship with Amar Singh.
Jaya Prada is known for her work in Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi films. She was one of the leading actors till early 90s.