Naresh Agrawal 'expresses regret' for mocking Jaya Bachchan

BJP’s media in-charge Anil Baluni | Facebook

BJP’s media in-charge Anil Baluni | Facebook

FACING A backlash for his remark on actor-politician Jaya Bachchan, Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Agrawal Tuesday expressed regret, but said his comments were twisted by the media.

"Naresh Aggarwal has joined many parties".

Along with UP, another 49 Rajya Sabha seats will be voted for on March 23 across several states in a crucial election that will push up the BJP's tally in the Upper House but not enough to take it past the half-way mark.

For the past few days, Agarwal was always spotted with Ram Gopal in Delhi.

Kiranmayee Nanda, Darshan Singh Yadav, Naresh Agarwal, Jaya Bachchan, Munawwar Saleem and Alok Tiwari are the six Rajya Sabha MPs of the Samajwadi Party who are retiring.

During the press conference, Naresh also praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth and Amit Shah but also maintained that his respect for Mulayam Singh Yadav and Ram Gopal Yadav is intact. However, UP BJP spokesman Rakesh Tripathi said, the BJP is "extremely determined to win the ninth Rajya Sabha seat".

Soon after joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) yesterday, Agarwal had stated that his status in the Samajwadi Party (SP) "was reduced to that of a film actor". Just for not getting a ticket, you use such a language? Last year, Agarwal had linked Hindu deities to alcohol causing a massive uproar.

Congress leader Renuka Choudhary also criticised his comment and questioned, "what is the BJP doing?".

This is not the first time Agarwal has ditched one party to join another. He was a member of the cabinet of Rajnath Singh. This happened after Samajwadi Party chose Jaya Bachchan instead of Naresh Agrawal. In 2008, Agarwal joined the BSP and his son Nitin Agarwal became an MLA from Hardoi. SP MLAs' enthusiasm to vote for the BSP will hence wane while voting for Rajya Sabha seats.

Members across party lines congratulated Ms. Bachchan for her renomination to the upper house and also condemned Mr. Agarwal's comments.

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