Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Naresh Agarwal, Akhilesh loyalist, joins BJP. Click here to know about him

Naresh Agarwal, Akhilesh loyalist, joins BJP. Click here to know about him

Former Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agrawal, who after joining the BJP today took a swipe at actor-turned-politician Jaya Bachchan, has been in the news several times in the past for making controversial comments, even in parliament. Agrawal drew sharp criticism from the BJP, including External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who said his remarks were "improper and unacceptable".

Mr Agrawal, who retires from the Rajya Sabha on April 2, was denied re-nomination by the Samajwadi Party (SP).

The SP nominated Jaya Bachchan as its only candidate and chose to extendd the remaining votes to BSP candidate Bhim Rao Ambedkar.

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Union Minister Piyush Goyal, who held a press conference to announce the entry of Agrawal at the party headquarters, and BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra were visibly embarrassed by the remarks. There were already murmurs of Agarwal "colluding" with the BJP since January.

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

He was referring to the re-nomination of renowned film actor Jaya Bachchan by the Samajwadi Party for yet another Rajya Sabha term from Uttar Pradesh in the coming biennial elections, ignoring Agrawal's claim.

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The BJP has fielded a ninth candidate for the 10 Rajya Sabha seats going to polls in Uttar Pradesh out of which the party is comfortably placed to win eight, in order to needle the new SP-Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) unity candidate for the 10th seat. 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.

Earlier, he had declared BJP to be a party of "goondas".

Agarwal said he was influenced by the policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Meri koi shart par nahi aya, koi Rajya Sabka ki ticket ki maang nahi hai", Naresh Agrawal said on joining BJP.

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He has often changed parties in the last over 30 years of his political career. He said that while he still respects Mulayam Singh Yadav and Prof. The remaining 9 additional votes will be given to the BSP candidate under the party coalition.

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