External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday welcomed Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Agrawal into the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) while at the same time deeming his comments over Jaya Bachchan "improper and unacceptable."
"Shri Naresh Agarwal has joined Bhartiya Janata Party. He is welcome. However, his comments regarding Jaya Bachhan ji are improper and unacceptable," Sushma Swaraj tweeted.
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
Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Agrawal, who lost out in the race for re-nomination to the upper house to Jaya Bachchan, today quit the Samajwadi Party and joined the BJP, which was left embarrassed after he remarked that the SP had equated him with the film actor "who used to dance in films".
Agrawal, who has courted controversies in the past too over his statements, made the remarks in the presence BJP leaders, including Union minister Piyush Goyal, at a press conference held at the party headquarters here to announce his joining the BJP.
"I have been compared with those who dance and work in films,"
Agrawal said, leaving the BJP leaders on the dais squirming.
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra too immediately distanced his party from Agrawal's remarks, saying his party respects people from all fields and welcomed them in politics.