Former Samajwadi Party leader and actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada on Tuesday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) here in the presence of senior party leaders.
Jaya Prada was inducted into the party by BJP General Secretary Bhupendra Yadav and Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni.
The party later in the evening announced that Jaya Prada will taken on Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan from the Rampur Lok Sabha constituency in western Uttar Pradesh.
Jaya Prada has represented the Rampur seat in Lok Sabha for 10 years between 2009 and 2014. On both occasions, she defeated Congress’s Noor Bano from Rampur.
She had joined the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in 1994 to enter politics. Later she joined the Samajwadi Party but was expelled due to anti-party activities in 2010.
Jaya Prada also served as Rajya Sabha MP (TDP) between 1996 and 2002.