SPs Naresh Agrawal joins BJP, creates furore with comments on Jaya Bachchan

Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Agrawal being welcomed by Union Minister Piyush Goyal as he joins BJP

Longtime BJP-baiter in Parliament and outside, SP stalwart Naresh Agarwal defected on Monday to join ranks with once-arch-enemy Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after he was overlooked for Rajya Sabha nomination by SP.

Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj lambasted Agarwal, calling his comment "improper and unacceptable". This text was sent after another SP leader, Naresh Agarwal, joined BJP in Delhi.

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

Agrawal said he was joining the BJP unconditionally, and asserted that his MLA son would support the saffron party in the Rajya Sabha elections in the state. "I did not find it appropriate", Agrawal said while joining the BJP at its headquarters. The SP has again nominated Bachchan to the Upper House. There were already murmurs of Agarwal "colluding" with the BJP since January. Agrawal's term as Rajya Sabha member ends on April 2.

"I have been reduced to somebody working in films".

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.

As per an explosive leaked text message, Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav may well be on his way to join BJP.

However, Agarwal left the party embarrassed after he remarked that the SP had equated him with the film actor "who used to dance in films". Making it clear that he was not bargaining for any position in the BJP, Aggarwal said, "I have not put any condition nor am I asking for a Rajya Sabha ticket".

Agrawal, who had been an MLA several times and a minister in Uttar Pradesh, has often changed parties in the last over 30 years of his political career.

In 1997, he formed Akhil Bhartiya Loktantrik Congress Party along with Jagdambika Pal, Rajeev Shukla and Shyam Sunder Sharma. But his hopes were dashed when the Samajwadi Party chose Mrs Bachchan to be its candidate.

He also served as a minister in the Kalyan Singh, Ram Prakash Gupta and Rajnath Singh regimes.

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