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.”
Shri Naresh Agarwal has joined Bhartiya Janata Party. He is welcome. However, his comments regarding Jaya Bachhan ji are improper and unacceptable.
— Chowkidar Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) March 12, 2018
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.