SP's Naresh Agrawal joins BJP

  • SP's Naresh Agrawal joins BJP

SP's Naresh Agrawal joins BJP

Two days after Jaya Bachchan was renominated to the Rajya Sabha, senior Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in Delhi on Monday. Agrawal drew sharp criticism from the BJP, including External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who said his remarks were "improper and unacceptable".

The SP has six Rajya Sabha MPs - Kiranmayee Nanda, Darshan Singh Yadav, Naresh Agarwal, Jaya Bachchan, Munawwar Saleem and Alok Tiwari - who are retiring.

Flanked by Union Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal and with BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra in tow, Mr. Agarwal made no secret of his disappointment at being edged out by Ms. Bachchan.

He described his joining the BJP as "homecoming" and said he would unconditionally do whatever the party wanted him to. "I did not find it appropriate", Agrawal said while joining the BJP at its headquarters.

Bachchan's third term in the Upper House comes to an end on April 3.

The remarks have also caused a furore on social media, with several people already calling for BJP to sack him.

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

However, with a total strength of 324 legislators in 403-member UP assembly, the saffron party and its allies will still have 28 spare votes.

On Monday, Agrawal said: "I am joining the BJP as I think that until you are in a national party, you can not do anything for the society".

During the press conference, Naresh also praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth and Amit Shah but also maintained that his respect for Mulayam Singh Yadav and Ram Gopal Yadav is intact.

His statement didn't sit well with the actor-turned-politician's followers, who started demanding an immediate termination of Agrawal from the central party in power.

In 1997, he formed Akhil Bhartiya Loktantrik Congress Party along with Jagdambika Pal, Rajeev Shukla and Shyam Sunder Sharma. We have always welcomed leaders from Samajwadi Party with open arms since these are 2 very like-minded parties.

His son Nitin Agarwal, who won Hardoi constituency on SP ticket, too joined the BJP today.