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SP's Naresh Agrawal joins BJP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Naresh Agrawal, who lost out in the race for re-nomination to the upper house to Jaya Bachchan, today quit the and joined the BJP, which was left embarrassed after he remarked that the SP had equated him with the "who used to dance in films".

Agrawal, who has courted controversies in the past too over his statements, made the remarks in the presence BJP leaders, including Piyush Goyal, at a press conference held at the party headquarters here to announce his joining the BJP.

"I have been compared with those who dance and work in films," Agrawal said, leaving the BJP leaders on the dais squirming.

Sambit Patra, however, immediately distanced his party from Agrawal's remarks, saying his party respects people from all fields and welcomed them in

Agrawal also expressed his affection for SP patriarch and his cousin Ram Gopal Yadav, but said the party's strength in has depleted.

He also praised and and claimed that the people of his community were solidly behind the saffron party.

Agrawal also said that his MLA son will vote in favour of the BJP in the polls.

Agrawal's term as member is ending on April 2. has once again been nominated to the upper house by the

His remarks in the House mocking Hindu gods had sparked an uproar last year.

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 17:35 IST