Not The First Time Naresh Agrawal Made A Controversial Comment

Naresh Agrawal

Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Agrawal on Monday created a furore in the BJP minutes after joining it with comments belittling actor-politician Jaya Bachchan as someone "who used to dance in films", remarks dubbed "unacceptable" by party leader Sushma Swaraj. "He is welcome. However, his comments regarding Jaya Bachchan ji are improper and unacceptable", she said.

While the BJP distanced itself from his remarks, Swaraj took to Twitter: "Shri Naresh Agrawal has joined Bhartiya Janata Party".

Agrawal, who lost out to Bachchan in the race for re-nomination to the upper house, on Monday quit the Samajwadi Party and joined the BJP. "The party, through its ill-advised coalitions has reduced itself to a small regional party, and then to ignore my claims and equate me with someone who dances and sings in films [Jaya Bachchan] was not acceptable to me", Mr. Agarwal said. I did not find it proper.

In an apparent dig at Jaya Bachchan, he said, "Dancers and film actors were preferred over him for the nominations for the upper house of Parliament". The faction was reportedly against nominating Agarwal as he had allegedly "colluded" with the BJP. "Before I request Piyush Goyalji to hand over the membership to him, I would like to clarify one thing from this platform: Whether it is a film star or just a party worker, everyone is respected".

Welcoming the leader in BJP, she clarified that the defaming comments against anybody is not acceptable by the party. Agrawal's second Rajya Sabha term expires on April 2. "My son, who is an SP MLA, is also joining the BJP and he will vote for the BJP in the Rajya Sabha elections", he said.

Agarwal has often changed parties in the last over 30 years of his political career.

Agrawal had earlier been with the Loktantrik Congress Party with Jagdambika Pal that allied with the BJP government headed by Kalyan Singh in Uttar Pradesh in 1997. The state's ruling party has a surplus of 28 votes and if gets the support of Independents and gains through possible cross-voting, its ninth candidate could also get elected.

He was also the Minister of Tourism in Mulayam Singh Yadav government from 2003 to 2004. His whole team today joined the party.

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