Nude posters, suicide threats: Campaign in Rampur turns bitter (Lead)

May 12th, 2009 - 9:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, May 12 (IANS) The campaign in Rampur constituency of Uttar Pradesh turned a notch more bitter and bizarre with allegations of rivals distributing nude photos of film actress turned Samajwadi party MP and candidate Jaya Prada, and a police case of a suicide threat.
Part of the reason was the open fighting between SP general secretaries Amar Singh and Azam Khan as Jaya Prada accused the latter of distributing “indecent” photos of her.

Jaya Prada told a TV channel Khan’s antics were “very disgusting”.

“He is not just distributing posters, but now he is distributing CDs. I do not know what is my life after this,” she said.

She later told a crush of tv reporters, near tears: “I blame all parties. This is not how a woman should be treated.

“My opponents have become desperate,” she added.

Amar Singh lambasted not just his rebel party leader, but also Congress leader Digvijay Singh for spreading canards about Jaya Prada.

“Digvijay Singh and Khan conspired and distributed nude and morphed photographs of Jaya Prada in Rampur. The fight of ballots cannot be fought with photos,” Amar Singh told reporters in New Delhi Tuesday.

“We would be very happy if Digvijay Singh takes Azam Khan into his party. Is se hamare ghar ki gandagi saf ho jayegi (it will clear the dirt from our house),” he added.

Amar Singh said they had written to the Election Commission to put Khan under house custody till the elections results were announced. “We fear he might incite riots between Hindus and Muslims in Rampur”.

Azam Khan has fallen out with the SP leadership after the party joined hands with BJP rebel and former chief minister Kalyan Singh. In his stronghold of Rampur, he is perceived as working against Jaya Prada.

Amar Singh told an election rally Sunday that Jaya Prada could commit suicide in case she was defeated.

The remark led to a police complaint against Amar singh for provoking Jaya Prada to take her own life. The complaint was made by Khan’s supporters, according to officials.

“We have accepted the complaint against Amar Singh, but a case against him would be registered after the completion of the inquiry that is under way,” district police chief Jyoti Narayan told IANS on telephone Tuesday.

The complaint came after a night of drama during which the hotel that Jaya Prada was staying in was raided by policemen.

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