New Delhi: Taking a leaf out of the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata, Union minister Sushma Swaraj today advised Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav to not commit a mistake like ‘Bhism pitamah‘ and intervene in the ongoing tiff between Jaya Prada and Azam Khan.

Swaraj tweeted: 

This comes in view of former Uttar Pradesh Minister M Azam Khan, who is the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party candidate, reviving his now legendary battle with actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada who is the BJP candidate in Rampur.

Addressing an election rally in his constituency, Khan had earlier said, “I did not open dance schools, I opened proper schools and universities.” The remark was apparently directed at Jaya Prada who is known for her dancing skills as an actor.

In another Rampur rally, Jaya Prada broke into tears and said, “I do not want to cry now. I want to laugh and I want peace. I have come here to seek your blessings.”

Courting more controversy, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan also derided BJP’s Jaya Prada (friend-turned-foe) over her ‘ambitious’ contest against him in Rampur, this Lok Sabha election. He said, “I brought her to Rampur. You are a witness 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 she wears khaki under****.”

The strong-worded attack was pointed at Jaya Prada’s shifting loyalties in politics. Jaya Prada had joined the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in 1994 to enter politics. Later she joined the Samajwadi Party but was expelled due to anti-party activities in 2010.

The actor-turned-politician has long accused Azam Khan of blocking her return to politics. She has in the past claimed that she quit politics out of fear of Khan. When Jaya joined the BJP recently, Khan was quoted as calling her a dancer or ‘naachne-gaane wali’ in a disparaging tone.

This Lok Sabha election is set to see a high voltage drama in the Rampur Lok Sabha constituency as friends-turned-foes Jaya Prada and Azam Khan are set to battle it out from the BJP and SP-BSP camps respectively. The constituency goes to polls on April 23 in the third phase.