File photo: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Photograph:( ANI )
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj took strong objection to Naresh Agrawal, who joined the BJP on Monday, for his comments about actor Jaya Bachchan.
“Shri Naresh Agarwal has joined Bhartiya Janata Party. He is welcome. However, his comments regarding Jaya Bachchan Ji are improper and unacceptable,” said the anguished Swaraj.
Shri Naresh Agarwal has joined Bhartiya Janata Party. He is welcome. However, his comments regarding Jaya Bachhan ji are improper and unacceptable.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) March 12, 2018
Agrawal said he was quitting the Samajwadi Party because dancers and film actors were preferred over him for the nominations to the upper house of Parliament.
“Films mein kaam karne wali se meri hesiyat kardi gayi, unke naam par humara ticket kataa gaya, maine isko bhi bahut uchit nahi samjha. Main koi shart par nahi aya, koi Rajya Sabka ki ticket ki maang nahi hai (They chose a woman working in movies over me, I didn’t find it acceptable. I have not joined the BJP on any condition or demand for Rajya Sabha ticket),” Agarwal had told reporters.
Films mein kaam karne wali se meri hesiyat kardi gayi, unke naam par humara ticket kataa gaya, maine isko bhi bahut utchit nahi samjha. Meri koi shart par nahi aya, koi Rajya Sabka ki ticket ki maang nahi hai: Naresh Agrawal, on joining BJP pic.twitter.com/620MijUUsK— ANI (@ANI) March 12, 2018
This is not for the first time that Naresh Agarwal has triggered a controversy by his remarks. Agarwal’s statement linking Hindu gods with alcohol brands which he gave during Parliament’s Monsoon Session last year had resulted in a huge uproar. The remarks of the then SP leader were later expunged as he tendered an apology in the Upper House.