New Delhi: Soon after joining Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday, actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada surprisingly managed a ticket from Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur constituency to take on her bitter rival and SP nominee Azam Khan. The former Samajwadi Party MP is a close associate of Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh, who was expelled from the regional party and has since come close to Hindutva fountainhead Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).She started her political journey with the Telugu Desam Party and was its Rajya Sabha MP before joining the SP. Later, the Samajwadi Party leader helped Jaya Prada win the 2004 election in Rampur, pulling off quite a feat in a Congress stronghold. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsBJP’s Nepal Singh had won from there in 2014. Due to health reasons, he was not in contention for the ticket this time. Muslims constitutes over 50 per cent of the total voters and the highest concentration of Muslims is in this seat. Meanwhile, Shameena Begum, the whistleblower of triple talaq met Union Minister Rajnath Singh last week in the national capital and asked for a ticket from Rampur. However, resentful Shameena expressed her disgrace and claimed to be ‘betrayed’ by the saffron party. The BJP on Tuesday announced its 10th candidate list of 39 candidates, where the mother-son duo of Maneka Gandhi and Varun Gandhi will swap seats. Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, who holds Pilibhit, will shift to her original constituency of Sultanpur. Sultanpur’s lawmaker Varun Gandhi, 38, will contest from Pilibhit.