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IANS  |  New Delhi 

Rajya Sabha member Naresh Agrawal, known for shooting off his mouth, started off his new innings in the with a controversial remark by referring to as a "mere film dancer".

Agrawal has courted controversy on several occasions in the past through his remarks, both inside and outside Parliament.

On Monday, speaking after joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Agrawal said the declined him a Rajya Sabha berth and gave it to a person just because she "could dance and act in the films".

"My stature has been equated with that of a mere film Just because she could dance and act in films, my candidature (to Rajya Sabha) has been sacrificed for her. I haven't taken it kindly," Agrawal said.

Agrawal's term in the Rajya Sabha is ending next month and he was expecting a re-to the upper House. But his hopes were dashed when the party chose to be its candidate.

Due to paucity in the number of MLAs in the legislative assembly, the can send only one member out of its six members retiring next month.

Agrawal was in the eye of a storm in July last year -- and had ironically invited the wrath of the and groups -- when he compared various Hindu deities with different types of liqour while speaking in the Rajya Sabha on cow vigilantism.

In December last year, Agrawal raked up a controversy by referring to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is languishing in a Pakistani jail on charges of spying, as "terrorist".

More recently, last month Agrawal made controversial remarks over Modi's caste while speaking at a function organised by the trader community in



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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 21:04 IST