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Naresh Agrawal quits SP, joins BJP; creates furore with remarks on Jaya Bachchan

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today created a furore minutes after joining the BJP with comments belittling Jaya as someone "who used to dance in films", remarks dubbed "unacceptable" by party Swaraj.

Agrawal, who lost out to in the race for re-nomination to the upper house, today quit the and joined the BJP.

Agrawal said the SP denied him the RS ticket and gave it to somebody who used to dance and act in films, in an apparent reference to Jaya


"For somebody who used to dance in films, act in films, I was denied a ticket (for Rajya Sabha). I did not find it appropriate," Agrawal said while joining the BJP at its headquarters.

He was flanked by several BJP leaders, including Piyush Goyal, who welcomed him into the party.

distanced his party from Agrawal's remarks, saying it respects people from all fields and welcomed them in

A couple of hours later, senior BJP and its most prominent woman face Swaraj took to to criticise Agrawal's comments.

"has joined He is welcome. However, his comments regarding Jaya Bachhan ji are improper and unacceptable," the tweeted.

also appeared to be critical of Agrawal's remarks, saying when a woman's honour is challenged, "we stand as one in our condemnation irrespective of our politics". She did not, however, directly mentioned Agrawal.

"My case is in the court of law for 5 years now. But let my battle not be an excuse to humiliate other women. In fact, let it be a reminder for us that when a woman's honour is challenged we stand as one in our condemnation irrespective of our politics," she said in a tweet.

Her tweet was in response to a tweet which had referred to Sanjay Nirupam's alleged derogatory comment aimed at her. She had filed a case against him.

Agrawal, who was in the earlier, is not new to controversy. Last year, the BJP was up in arms over his remarks in the mocking Hindu gods.

His term as member ends on April 2. The SP has again nominated Bachchan to the

Agrawal expressed his affection for SP patriarch and his cousin Ram Gopal Yadav, saying he could never leave them. Apparently criticising Akhilesh Yadav, he added that it was losing strength in due to its decision to ally with other parties.

Agrawal said he was joining the BJP unconditionally, and asserted that his MLA son would support the saffron party in the elections in the state.

He expressed his admiration for and UP

Welcoming him into the party, said he would strengthen it.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 22:50 IST
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