Naresh Agarwal joins BJP after SP gives RS ticket to Jaya Bachchan

Sushma Swaraj condemns Naresh Agrawal's comment on Jaya Bachchan

Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agrawal on Monday joined the BJP along with his MLA son Nitin Agrawal, voicing a rude comment against Jaya Bachchan who was preferred over him for re-entry to the Rajya Sabha.

The SP nominated Jaya Bachchan as its only candidate and made a decision to extendd the remaining votes to BSP candidate Bhim Rao Ambedkar. "My position has been compared to someone who works in the films". I was rejected for those who dance in films, work in films. Because of her, the ticket was not given to me, which I did not find right.

Meanwhile, Goyal welcomed Agrawal to the party and said, "I heartily welcome my friend Naresh Agrawal in the Bharatiya Janata Party. He is welcome. However, his comments regarding Jaya Bachhan ji are improper and unacceptable", union minister Sushma Swaraj has tweeted.

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Agrawal, who was in the Congress earlier, is not new to controversy.

It could be recalled that the BJP had recently attacked Mr Agarwal over his remarks on Pakistan's treatment of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is on death row there, and quoting something from the past which had linked alcohol to Hindu gods while taking part in a debate on lynchings by cow vigilantes and the atrocities on minorities and dalits.

His term as Rajya Sabha member ends on April 2. I will always carry deep respect in my heart for [SP chief] Mulayam Singh Yadav and [MP] Ram Gopal Yadav, but the way things are going in the SP, has prompted me to leave. She said, "Naresh Agarwal has joined BJP". He has often targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that a tea seller is not fit to lead the country.

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However, with a total strength of 324 legislators in 403-member UP assembly, the saffron party and its allies will still have 28 spare votes.

He was referring to the re-nomination of renowned film actor Jaya Bachchan by the Samajwadi Party for yet another Rajya Sabha term from Uttar Pradesh in the coming biennial elections, ignoring Agrawal's claim.

After joining the BJP, Agarwal said that he was given a backseat for a "woman working in films". "Today he is a leader of Modiji's party".

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