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Naresh Agarwal sparks controversy with regressive comment against Jaya Bachchan; draws BJP’s ire

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Naresh Agarwal said, “The party rejected me for someone who works and dance in films. I did not find it proper that I was equated with them.”

 

In a major embarrassment to the ruling BJP, the new entrant Naresh Agarwal drew huge backlash for his regressive comments against Jaya Bachchan. Naresh Agarwal who was with Samajwadi Party earlier broke away from the party and joined BJP on Monday. Samajwadi Party recently declared its candidates for the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls. Naresh Agarwal who is currently the Rajya Sabha MP of SP was ditched by the party to give Jaya Bachchan another term at Rajya Sabha. Angered by this, Naresh Agarwal left the party and joined BJP.

During a press conference, after joining the party he said he felt it degrading that he was compared with someone who used to “dance in films”. He said, “The party rejected me for someone who works and dance in films. I did not find it proper that I was equated with them.”

While his comments were meant to slam the Samajwadi party, he ended up leaving BJP red-faced. BJP quickly disassociated itself from Naresh Agarwal’s comments. Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj even tweeted saying Agarwal’s comments are unacceptable. Sushma Swaraj tweeted, “Shri Naresh Agarwal has joined Bhartiya Janata Party. He is welcome. However, his comments regarding Jaya Bachhan Ji are improper and unacceptable.”

Agarwal in his political career spanning more than 30 years joined several political parties including Congress, SP, BSP, even created his own party and now has joined BJP. Once a critic of Modi government and its policies on Kulbhushan Jadhav and Ram Mandir, Naresh Agarwal was all praise for the Prime Minister and Party president Amit Shah at the time of joining.

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PM Modi pays tributes to Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, slams Congress

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Rajgarh (MP) |  Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today that to glorify one family, deliberate attempts were being made to belittle the contribution of other towering leaders in nation building, as he paid rich tributes to Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS) founder Shyama Prasad Mukherjee.

In a veiled attack on the Congress, he said it was spreading “lies, confusion and pessimism” and was cut off from the ground reality.

“It is unfortunate for the country that just to eulogise one family, the contribution of others was forgotten,” Modi said at a function after launching the Mohanpura Irrigation Project in Rajgarh district of Madhya Pradesh.

He said the party which ruled the country for maximum years never trusted the people and their hard work.

“In the last four years, we never spoke of frustration and dismay. We are the ones who are marching ahead with confidence,” he said, adding that people believed in the BJP and its government, which was working for their welfare.

Modi said in the last four years at the Centre and 13 years in Madhya Pradesh, the BJP had worked for the uplift and empowerment of poor, farmers and deprived sections of society.

He said when the Congress ruled the state, Madhya Pradesh was called a BIMARU state.

“The Congress never saw this as an insult to the people of the state. The BJP had worked hard to remove this tag,” he added.

Recalling Mookerjee’s contribution to the country, Modi said, “His vision inspires us even today and helps us come out of despondency.”

As independent India’s first industries and supplies minister (in the Jawaharlal Nehru cabinet), he framed the nation’s maiden industrial policy, the prime minister said.

Mookerjee believed that the government should fulfil the dreams of its people and improve the life of the poor, Modi said.

His thoughts and actions for the country’s industrial policy, things he had done in the areas of education, women empowerment and nuclear policy were far ahead of his times and they are still relevant, the prime minister said.

Education, finance, development, health and national security were his main focus areas, Modi said.

“His vision was to impart skills to the youth and give them opportunity so that they become capable of serving the country. Programmes like Startup, Make in India are a reflection of his ideas,” he said.

“It is a coincidence that today is the death anniversary of Shyama Prasad Mookerjee. On June 23, Mookerjee died in a suspicious manner in Kashmir. I remember him on this occasion,” Modi said.

The BJP, the successor party of the BJS, observes June 23 as ‘Balidan Diwas’.

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Amit Shah in Jammu; first visit after pulling out of coalition in Jammu and Kashmir

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Jammu |  BJP president Amit Shah today arrived here to address a rally to mark “historic martyrdom anniversary” of Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee, days after his party’s decision to withdraw support from the PDP-led government in Jammu and Kashmir.

Shah, who is on a day-long trip to the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir, was accorded a rousing reception with party’s youth wing taking out a bike rally from the airport to the state guest house.

His public address will be significant as he is expected to touch on evolving political situation in the state following the party’s withdrawal of support from the Mehbooba Mufti government on Tuesday.

The state is now under governor’s rule. Shah was accompanied by state party president Ravinder Raina and other senior leaders.

On June 20, Raina had said Shah will pay homage to the founder member of Bharatiya Jana Sangh, Syama Prasad Mookherjee, on his martyrdom day and would also check preparedness of the state unit of the party for the upcoming parliamentary election.

The BJP observes June 23 as Mookerjee’s ‘Balidan Diwas’.

Shah would chair the party’s election committee meeting to discuss the issues for the next election. He will also hold meetings with digital media and social media volunteers, and participate in other organisational events.

The strategy of the party for the next year’s Lok Sabha elections is part of the discussions as the party is prepared to face the elections, a BJP leader said.

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DMK’s President MK Stalin detained during protest against Governor Purohit

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Chennai |  Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) working President MK Stalin on Saturday was detained by the Tamil Nadu Police during his protest against Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit.

“DMK has a history of showing black flags to many leaders, including Indira Gandhi, but never were cadres arrested. We want the Governor to resign.” Stalin told media. He further said Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam will not oppose the Governor as “they are afraid that their corruptions will be exposed”.

“The DMK, which continuously condemns the violations of the Governor, will be prepared for any struggle and sacrifice until its basic principle is achieved in state autonomy, despite the repression of state autonomy. Never give up!” tweeted MK Stalin.

The DMK leader was protesting against the arrest of 192 DMK party cadres at Namakkal while accusing the Governor of acting against the principles of federalism.

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