SP leader Naresh Agarwal joins BJP

Rajya Sabha member Naresh Agarwal ditches SP to join BJP

Rajya Sabha member Naresh Agarwal ditches SP to join BJP

"I haven't taken it kindly".

While speaking to ANI, he clarified that his intentions were not to hurt anyone.

In a tweet, Yadav said, "We condemn the BJP and Naresh Agarwal for his derogatory statement against Jaya Bachhan".

Describing his joining the BJP as "homecoming", he said he would unconditionally do whatever the party wanted him to.

Agrawal, who till recently had been making controversial comments against the BJP and even the RSS, showered praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.

After days of consultation and speculation, the TDP on Sunday announced that it is renominating sitting Rajya Sabha MP C.M.Ramesh and senior advocate K.Ravindra Kumar, who is known to be at the helm of TDP's legal cell.

Meanwhile, Congress candidate for Rajya Sabha, Rajmani Patel also filed nomination papers in presence of party leaders, including State President Arun Yadav, Leader of Opposition in Assembly Ajay Singh, MLAs Jeetu Patwari, Hardeep Singh Dung, Spokesman Ravi Saxena etc. I had said something which was given a different angle by the media. Agarwal's son Nitin Agarwal, who is current MLA from Hardoi also joined the BJP. Just for not getting a ticket, you use such a language?

Members across party lines congratulated Ms. Bachchan for her renomination to the upper house and also condemned Mr. Agarwal's comments.

Later, Agarwal joined the Samajwadi Party and became a minister again in 2003 under CM Mulayam Singh.

"In fact let it be a reminder for us that when a woman's honour is challenged we stand as one in our condemnation irrespective of our politics", she wrote.

Agrawal, who was in the Congress earlier, is not new to controversy.

"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.

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