Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

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

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

Later, Anil Agarwal reached the state assembly premises as the ninth candidate of the BJP and filed his papers.

However, Agarwal left the party embarrassed after he remarked that the SP had equated him with the film actor "who used to dance in films".

"I have been compared with those who dance and work in films", Agrawal, referring to Jaya Bachchan, was quoted as saying by NDTV. I found it not proper. At a programme organised by traders in Lucknow, Agarwal had said, "Tell them to make laws in favour of the community (Business Community)".

Samajwadi Party selected Jaya Bachchan as their candidate for the Rajya Sabha poll.

On March, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav had announced Jaya Bachchan as its candidate for the only seat in the Upper House it is likely to win. Even BJP leaders seemed to regret Naresh's actions as Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj came forward to rectify the mistake. She has welcomed his entry into the BJP but lashed out him for his comments on Jaya Bachchan. This text was sent after another SP leader, Naresh Agarwal, joined BJP in Delhi.

Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj lambasted Agarwal, calling his comment "improper and unacceptable". "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 been Member of the Legislative Assembly from Hardoi constituency for seven terms.

His statement didn't sit well with the actor-turned-politician's followers, who started demanding an immediate termination of Agrawal from the central party in power. Till 1989, he was a member of Indian National Congres.

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. He said that while he still respects Mulayam Singh Yadav and Prof. There are 10 Rajya Sabha seats up for grabs in Uttar Pradesh this time. Agrawal said the Samajwadi Party was a strong force in 2012 but had been considerably weakened.

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