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Jaya Prada's allegations political drama: Azam Khan

PTI  Rampur (UP), May 13, 2009
First Published: 14:58 IST(13/5/2009) | Last Updated: 15:32 IST(15/5/2009)
SP leader Azam Khan on Wednesday described party candidate Jaya Prada's allegations against him of sabotaging her poll prospects with 'morphed' CDs as a "political drama" and said film stars were capable of changing their colours quite often.

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"This is a political drama being played out by film stars. Those in the celluloid world are known to change their colours according to the role they played out," Khan said, in reply to charges made against him by Jaya Prada.

"I have already clarified that if I have no role to play in the CD episode. I can not do such a thing on my mother or sister. How would I have indulged in such a low act against anybody," he said.

Asking Jaya Prada to come clean by revealing who gave her the CDs, he told CNN-IBN: "I have not viewed the CD, nor have the voters of Rampur, the District Magistrate or the police. Then who gave her the CD and who made it? Jaya Prada should hand over the CD to the police for investigation."

Noting that his fight within the party was on ideological issues, particularly against bringing in "Babri masjid demolition accused" Kalyan Singh closer to SP, Khan said there could be differences of opinion within the party, but there was "no fight" among its leaders as projected in the media.

Khan said the issues he was raising was ideological, adding that he would not tolerate a Muslim demolishing a mosque and that he would "cut off" that Muslim's hand. "I will not tolerate mixing of religion with politics," he said.

Asked if SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav was sidelining him, he said the issue would be discussed with his party leader to find a solution to it. "The issue will be discussed by us. It is between the SP chief and me. We will sort it out," he said.

To a query on Amar Singh taking over the party, Khan said: "You are equating me with a person, who has no foothold in politics, who had no base of his own or public support."

Attacking Amar Singh and Jaya Prada, the Muslim face of the SP said his own party leaders were abusing him, calling him names.

Asked about his future plans in politics and whether he would continue in SP or join the Congress, Khan said: "All I need is a little space to live."

The SP founder-member said police had informed him that there were people out to "kill" him and that some underworld men, particularly sharpshooters, were sent to "eliminate" him.


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