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Sushma Swaraj condemns Naresh Agrawal's comment on Jaya Bachchan

Sushma Swaraj condemns Naresh Agrawal's comment on Jaya Bachchan

Minutes after he joined the BJP, Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Agrawal Monday was at the centre of a storm after saying he joined the party because he was bypassed for "somebody who danced and worked in films", referring to actor-turned-politician Jaya Bachchan. "He is welcome, but his comments regarding Jaya Bachhan are improper and unacceptable". Agarwal's son Nitin Agarwal, who is current MLA from Hardoi also joined the BJP.

Agrawal, who lost out to Bachchan in the race for re-nomination to the upper house, on Monday quit the Samajwadi Party and joined the BJP.

Addressing a press conference in the presence of Union Minister Piyush Goyal at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi, Agrawal said: "Aur filmon mein kaam karnewali se meri haisiyat kar di gayi. Please do not say that I am joining the party as I am hopeful of a Rajya Sabha seat or something of that nature". I did not find it appropriate. The SP has again nominated Bachchan to the Upper House.

The remarks have also caused a furore on social media, with several people already calling for BJP to sack him. "My position has been compared to someone who works in the films". Mr Agarwal asserted he had not joined the BJP for a Rajya Sabha berth or for any post.

However, his new party warned him that they did not like the comment made by him on actress Jaya Bachchan.

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On Monday, Agrawal said: "I am joining the BJP as I think that until you are in a national party, you can not do anything for the society".

Agarwal said he was influenced by the policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Making it clear that he was not bargaining for any position in the BJP, Aggarwal said, "I have not put any condition nor am I asking for a Rajya Sabha ticket". The Samajwadi Party has 47 MLAs in the 403-seat Uttar Pradesh Assembly. He was elected again in 2012 from Samajwadi Party.

Agarwal has often changed parties in the last over 30 years of his political career.

He had earlier been with the Akhil Bhartiya Loktantrik Congress with Jagdambika Pal, Rajeev Shukla and Shyam Sunder Sharma 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.