Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi had received flak from all quarters for backing off from contesting the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after deliberately creating sensations about her electoral debut. But she seems to remain unfazed.
Speaking to a news channel on May 1, Priyanka laughed at the suggestion that she feared losing against PM Modi. “The day Priyanka Gandhi fears loss, she will lock herself in a room. I have never feared loss,” she asserted.
She also revealed the strategy of her party in Uttar Pradesh: “Either win or cut BJP votes”. She explained how candidate in every seat was selected keeping this formula in mind.
In the meanwhile a video showing her glee at the shouting of “Chowkidar chor hai” by a group of children went viral. The group was also seen slipping into abusive sloganeering about PM Modi.
Uttar Pradesh police have registered an FIR against Azam Khan for making derogatory comment against actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada.
The Samajwadi Party’s (SP) candidate from Rampur Lok Sabha constituency, Khan was addressing a campaign rally on April 14, when made the sexist comment against his opponent from the BJP.
Khan said: “I brought her to Rampur. You are a witness to the fact that I did not allow anyone to touch her body. It took you 17 years to identify her real face, but I got to know in 17 days that her underpants beneath are of khaki”. (An apparent reference to her “leaning towards RSS”).
The police booked Khan under IPC Section 509 (for insulting the modesty of woman). At the same the National Commission for Women has also sent him a notice over the remark.
Incidentally the rivalry between Khan and Jayaprada goes back to a decade. The multi-language actress, Jayaprada joined the Andra Pradesh based TDP in 1994. In 2004, she shifted base and joined the SP and contested and won the 2004 Lok Sabha election from Rampur parliamentary constituency in Uttar Pradesh.
Again 2009 Lok Sabha elections she was the Rampur seat for SP. But a controversy erupted when she alleged that SP leader Azam Khan distributed her nude pictures.
After an party’s internal feud between Khan and another tall leader of SP, Amar Singh, Jayaprada was expelled from the SP. Later, Amar Singh, along with her floated a new party and contested the 2012 Assembly polls, but failed to win any seat.
Ahead of 2014 general elections, both of them joined RLD. Jayaprada contested the poll from the Bijnoor seat and lost.
Eventually on March 26, Jayaprada joined the BJP and secured the ticket to contest from the Rampur seat again.