Samajwadi Party Leader Naresh Agrawal joins BJP


Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj took to Twitter to register her unhappiness with Mr. Agarwal's remark, terming it improper and unacceptable.

The BJP asked its two party leaders, Vidya Sagar Sonkar and Salil Vishnoi, along with a Ghaziabad-based businessman Anil Agarwal to file papers on Monday.

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

"I have been compared with those who dance and work in films", Naresh Agrawal said today at an event in Delhi to mark his entry to the BJP. She said, "Naresh Agarwal has joined BJP". I did not find it proper. As per reports, he was miffed over being ignored for his nomination to the Upper House. There were already murmurs of Agarwal "colluding" with the BJP since January.

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

Agrawal was once to close to Samajwadi Party leader and former UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

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In Rajya Sabha, Agarwal had linked the names of Hindu gods with genres of alcohol in Rajya Sabha while speaking on cow vigilantism and lynchings.

And last month, Mr Agarwal triggered a row when he made remarks about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's caste, drawing severe criticism from the BJP, a party that has now welcomed him. "Meri koi shart par nahi aya, koi Rajya Sabka ki ticket ki maang nahi hai", Naresh Agrawal said on joining BJP.

"I have not joined the Bharatiya Janata Party for any Rajya Sabha ticket, nor have I set any condition". But the party sprang a surprise on Monday by announcing three more candidates in all and left the joint opposition bewildered.

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. The Samajwadi Party has 47 MLAs in the 403-seat Uttar Pradesh Assembly.

Agarwal has often changed parties in the last over 30 years of his political career.

He later joined the Samajwadi Party and was a minister in the Mulayam Singh government.