Bollywood star Jayaprada who sprang a surprise by becoming Samajwadi Party candidate from Rampur Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh is undettered by the challenge ahead and asserts that she is "no lame duck candidate."
"People are my strength and people are my power," said the film star who is seeking election from the country's highest Muslim-dominated constituency outside Kashmir and in which she is pitted against incumbent Begum Noor Bano of the Congress and former MP Rajendra Sharma of the BJP.
Despite hailing from faraway Rajamundhry in Andhra Pradesh, she is confident of making it insisting that she is "no run-of-the-mill" candidate and that her humble beginnings will stand her in good stead.
Offsetting the argument of being an outsider in a state dominated by caste and religious considerations and with a royal in the fray, Jayaprada told PTI over phone from Hyderabad, "I want to know they have been in power for so many years, but the improvement is still not up to the mark."
Electricity, roads and water situation is very poor there besides the problem of education specially for women and the girl child, she says outlining the issues she plans to concentrate on.
Not relying on her reel-image for becoming a real MP, she said she would conduct door-to-door campaign and meetings in Rampur as also address rallies in key places like Allahabad, Lucknow, Agra and Benares for the party.