Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Senior SP leader Naresh Agarwal, son join BJP

Senior SP leader Naresh Agarwal, son join BJP

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. However, his comments regarding Jaya Bachhan ji are improper and unacceptable", the external affairs minister tweeted.

Senior SP leader Naresh Agarwal, who joined the BJP earlier in the day, has also announced that his son Nitin Agarwal, sitting MLA from Hardoi, will be voting for BJP. Instead the party chose to re-nominate Ms Bachchan who also retires on April 2. He joins BJP in the presence of Union Minister Piyush Agrawal.

Describing his joining the BJP as "homecoming", he said he would unconditionally do whatever the party wanted him to. I did not find it appropriate.

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Bachchan's third term in the Upper House comes to an end on April 3. Agarwal, too, has been closely associated with BJP.

"My comparison was drawn with those working in films".

Agarwal said he was influenced by the policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Bharatiya Janata Party's new member Naresh Agarwal has already landed in trouble within hours of joining the party for his misogynistic comments against Samajwadi Party's Jaya Bachchan.

BJP on Monday made a decision to tackle the united opposition head-on by fielding three more candidates for Rajya Sabha polls, triggering a direct electoral contest with the SP and Congress-backed BSP nominee for one Upper House seat.

With its reduced strength in the Uttar Pradesh assembly following assembly elections past year, the Samajwadi Party is in a position to win only one Rajya Sabha seat from the state. The Samajwadi Party has 47 MLAs in the 403-seat Uttar Pradesh Assembly.

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He was also the Minister of Tourism in Mulayam Singh Yadav government from 2003 to 2004. The state's ruling party has a surplus of 28 votes and if gets the support of Independents and gains through possible cross-voting, its ninth candidate could also get elected. "Today he is a leader of Modiji's party".

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