After embarrassing moments over controversial remarks made by new entrant Naresh Agrawal on actress-turned-politician Jaya Bachchan, the BJP leaders have sounded clear disapproval of the manner the former Samajwadi Party leader conducted himself within minutes of joining the BJP.
“Yeh jo hua, galat hua (What has happened is wrong),” Rupa Ganguly, BJP MP in Rajya Sabha and also an actress-turned-politician, told reporters here on Tuesday. She said “artists” ought to be respected for their work and more so for women. “In fact, all women need to be shown respect,” she said.
Several BJP leaders have disapproved of the manner, Mr Agrawal sounded his displeasure on the Samajwadi Party denying ticket for biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha. External Affairs Minister and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj took to the micro blogging site say that Mr Agrawal’s remarks were “unacceptable”.
“Shri Naresh Agarwal has joined Bhartiya Janata Party. He is welcome. However, his comments regarding Jaya Bachhan ji are improper and unacceptable,” she tweeted. “I am most grateful to Mulayam Singh Yadav and others. But I do not approve of the manner, my contribution to Samajwadi Party was compared with that of a film star – someone who dances or performs a role in films,” Mr Agrawal had told reporters at BJP headquarters on Monday clearly directing his displeasure on Samajwadi Party’s decision to field Jaya Bachchan for polls to the Upper House.
BJP leaders did not entertain any question on the occasion but BJP spokesman Sambit Patra had quickly remarked that the saffron party has high respect for all including those who work in films. Naresh Agrawal’s term as a Rajya Sabha member ends in the first week of April, while Samajwadi Party has decided to field Jaya Bachchan for the polls to the Upper House. The Samajwadi Party will be biggest loser after March 23 Rajya Sabha polls.
Kiranmayee Nanda, Darshan Singh Yadav, Naresh Agarwal, Jaya Bachchan, Munawwar Saleem and Alok Tiwari are the six Rajya Sabha MPs of the Samajwadi Party who are retiring. The SP, which has only 47 MLAs now in UP will be able to send only one candidate to Parliament. As per political parleys with BSP, the Samajwadi Party’s “additional votes” will be given to Mayawati’s party but since Naresh Agrawal shift to the saffron camp, the BJP leaders are claiming about possible cross voting in the Rajya Sabha polls. Mr Agrawal’s legislator son Nitin Agrawal, now Samajwadi MLA from Hardoi, may also move towards saffron party, sources claimed.