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Akhilesh condemns Agrawal's comment on Jaya Bachchan

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

(SP) today condemned Naresh Agrawal's comment that the party had denied him a ticket to the for someone "who used to dance in films".

Agrawal, who lost out to in the race for re-nomination to the Upper House, quit the SP and joined the BJP yesterday.

In a tweet, Yadav said, "We condemn the BJP and for his derogatory statement against Jaya Bachhan. This is an insult to every Indian woman and the film industry. If the BJP really respects women, then it should immediately take action against him. The women's commission should also look into it."

Agrawal, who has courted controversies with his statements in the past as well, made the remarks yesterday in the presence of BJP leaders, including Piyush Goyal, at a press conference held at the party headquarters.

"For someone who used to dance in films, act in films, I was denied a ticket (for the Rajya Sabha). I did not find it appropriate," he had said.

The comment drew criticism from the most prominent woman face of the BJP, Sushma Swaraj, who said it was "unacceptable". also distanced the party from Agrawal's comment.

Agrawal's term as a member comes to an end on April 2.

has once again been nominated to the by the SP.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 15:20 IST