Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Denied RS berth, Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agrawal joins BJP

Denied RS berth, Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agrawal joins BJP

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. After formally joining the saffron party, Agrawal had said, "Films mein kaam karne wali se meri haisiyat kardi gayi, unke naam par humara ticket kataa gaya, maine isko bhi bahut uchit nahi samjha". Just because she could dance and act in films, my candidature (to Rajya Sabha) has been sacrificed for her.

Agarwal was welcomed to the party in the presence of Union minister Piyush Goyal at the BJP headquarters in Delhi."I think it is important to be part of a national party to serve the nation better and that is why I have taken the decision" Agarwal said.

Sushma Swaraj conveyed her disapproval of Agrawal's remarks in a tweet. "He is welcome. However, his comments regarding Jaya Bachhan ji are improper and unacceptable".

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He had earlier been with the Akhil Bhartiya Loktantrik Congress with Jagdambika Pal, Rajeev Shukla and Shyam Sunder Sharma that allied with the BJP government headed by Kalyan Singh in Uttar Pradesh in 1997. As per reports, he was miffed over being ignored for his nomination to the Upper House. His term as a Rajya Sabha member ends April 2, while Bachchan has once again been nominated to the House by the SP, reported PTI. The SP has only 47 votes and Akhilesh Yadav can only send one leader to Parliament. The number of seats a party wins in the Rajya Sabha elections is dependent on the strength of its members - who form the electoral college - in the state Assembly.

He expressed his admiration for prime minister Narendra Modi and UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath.

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