Jaya Prada has been appointed as senior deputy chairperson of the Uttar Pradesh Film Development Council along with a cabinet rank in the UP Government. The move follows Samajwadi Party leader and Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh’s public outburst in which he accused UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav of ignoring the “humiliation” that some party leaders were meting out to him and Jaya Prada. “I never said that I am a Samajwadi. I have always said that I am ‘Mulayamwadi’. It appears that being ‘Mulayamwadi’ is a kind of crime (in the eyes of some party members),” he reportedly said hinting at the rift in the party.
Regarding the appointment of Jaya Prada to the post, a senior government official from the information department said: “Jaya Prada has worked in films and could give valuable advice for production-related activities.” Last week the CM had appointed eminent poet Gopal Das ‘Neeraj’ as the chairperson of the council. The council is entrusted with suggesting to the state government how to promote film production in the state. Reports say that Prada was being considered for the position but it was scuttled by Jaya Bachchan. Before her ouster from the party in February 2010, Jaya Prada was an MP from Rampur. Amar Singh, too, was expelled from the party at the same time following which he formed his own party – Rashtriya Lok Manch.