Actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada on Friday made serious allegations against senior Samajwadi Party leader and Rampur MLA Azam Khan. She claimed that he “attempted an acid attack” on her.
She made the comment during a conversation with author Ram Kamal at an event in Mumbai when asked how she was dealing with the “negativity” regarding her relationship with politician Amar Singh. To this, she said, “So many people have helped me in my life and Amar Singh ji is my godfather.”
“Because the state I was in, contesting elections with Azam Khan, as a woman, with acid attack threats, threat to my life… I couldn’t even tell my mother if I would come back alive whenever I left from home,” Jaya Prada claimed.
The 56-year-old said when she was being called names, “not one politician came out in support of me”.
“Mulayam Singh ji didn’t even call me once,” she added.
The politician revealed that it was a harrowing time when she even contemplated suicide after her morphed pictures went viral on social media.
“Amar Singh was on dialysis and my morphed pictures were being circulated in the region. I was crying and saying I don’t want to live anymore, I want to commit suicide. I was going through that trauma and no one supported me,” she said.
“Only Amar Singh ji, who came out of his dialysis, stood next to me, supported me. What will you think of him? Godfather or someone else? Even if I tie rakhi to him, will people stop talking? I don’t care what people say,” she asserted.
Jaya also lamented how it is a “real war” for a woman to be a politician in “this male-dominated set-up”
“Even as a sitting MP from a party, I wasn’t spared. Azam Khan harassed me. He attempted an acid attack on me. I had no certainty if I would be alive the next day. I would tell my mother while leaving the house that I wasn’t sure if I would ever return home. I emerged out of it,” she claimed.
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