Lucknow: Actor-politician Jaya Bachchan
on Friday sprang a surprise on the Samajwadi Party by turning down
an offer for renomination for Rajya Sabha, saying she wanted
to stay away from politics for some time.
SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav told reporters that
Bachchan has declined the party offer, made two day ago.
"Jaya Bachchan this morning informed the party
leadership on phone about her wish to take a break from
politics after which a decision to nominate Mohan Singh was
taken," party spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary said.
He said the party has now decided to give ticket to
its spokesperson Mohan Singh for the Rajya Sabha seat, who had
lost the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, for the Rajya Sabha
biennial election slated for June 10.
Asked if Jaya Bachchan`s husband Amitabh Bachchan had
objected to her nomination for the Upper House, Mulayam said,
"Amitabh Bachchan has never liked politics. He was elected for
the Lok Sabha but after a brief priod, he resigned from
Sources said that close friend and expelled SP leader
Amar Singh had yesterday gone to Mumbai and Jaya`s decision
was an outcome of their meeting.
62-year-old Jaya was close to Amar Singh as was her
husband Amitabh Bachchan, but this changed with Jaya not
heeding Singh`s call to quit SP after he was expelled from the
party early this year.
She did not attend Singh`s `Kshatriya` rally in March
this year, a move which was seen as a setback for him. Singh
had then said he was "missing" her.
Her renomination to Rajya Sabha was being seen as a
reward by the party for not siding with Amar Singh.
Samajwadi Party MP from Rampur Jaya Prada had backed
Singh after his departure from the party and was soon expelled
Owing to Jaya`s proximity to Singh, there was
speculation within the party that she would not be given
ticket again and the SP may field Mohan Singh to one of two
Rajya Sabha seats falling vacant.
Due to the depleted strength of the party in Uttar
Pradesh Assembly, it is in a position to nominate only two
leaders to Rajya Sabha, from where seven of its sitting MPs,
including Jaya, are retiring in July this year.
SP has 10 Rajya Sabha MPs after the recent death of
its sitting member Virendra Bhatia.