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Is BJP rewarding Samajwadi defector Naresh Agrawal for his cloaked loyalty?

He has been known on several issues to take the sting out the Opposition's attack on the govt even while he was an SP member

Senior Samajwadi Party leader and Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Agarwal being welcomed by Union Minister Piyush Goyal as he joins BJP
Senior Samajwadi Party leader and Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Agarwal being welcomed by Union Minister Piyush Goyal as he joins BJP at party headquarters in New Delhi. Photo: PTI

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters on the social media were left nonplussed when the party inducted Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agrawal into its fold on Monday afternoon. While External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj publicly disapproved Agarwal’s remarks on SP Rajya Sabha member Jaya Bachchan, several other BJP leaders said they were intrigued at their top leadership’s decision. Agrawal has mocked Hindu gods in the recent past, and has also called Kulbhushan Jadhav, currently in Pakistani custody on charges of spying, a terrorist. In 2004, D P Yadav ...