Sushma Swaraj says Naresh Agrawal's statement on Jaya Bachchan 'improper and unacceptable'

Sushma Swaraj says Naresh Agrawal's statement on Jaya Bachchan 'improper and unacceptable'

Naresh Agrawal, a close aide of Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav, on Monday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). "He is welcome. However, his comments regarding Jaya Bachchan ji are improper and unacceptable". Instead the party chose to re-nominate Ms Bachchan who also retires on April 2.

Targeting Bachchan, who is an actor-turned-politician, Agarwal, controversially, said that "it was even more painful that his ticket has been given to a someone who dances in films". A number of SP leaders were unhappy with the decision and it was quite likely that BJP's 10th candidate would tap this discontent against Akhilesh's move. In the presence of Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, he took membership of the saffron party at BJP headquarters in Delhi.

His remarks in the House mocking Hindu gods had sparked an uproar past year. Agrawal claimed that he had put forward "no conditions" to join the BJP, adding that he was "back to my original place". At the same, he expressed his gratitude and respect for the SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav. He also said he was "impressed" by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

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She wrote, "Shri Naresh Agarwal has joined Bhartiya Janata Party". The party, after its landslide victory in assembly elections previous year, will win eight seats easily and will have some votes to spare.

Welcoming the leader in BJP, she clarified that the defaming comments against anybody is not acceptable by the party. 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.

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