"My intention was not to hurt anybody's sentiments".
"I condemned the derogatory statement by BJP leader Naresh Agrawal on Jaya Bachchan".
Naresh Agarwal, who joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday, has apologised for his statement expressing displeasure over the Samajwadi Party denying him a Rajya Sabha ticket for "someone who works in the film industry". Though their names have not figured in the official list of the BJP, the move is being seen in political circles as a "Plan B" of the ruling party.
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.
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Agarwal said he was being neglected in the SP and was hurt when instead of him, the party gave the ticket to Jaya Bachchan "who used to dance in films'". Party sources said Aggarwal's attack on Jaya Bachchan was an indication that her re-election was not safe anymore.
Naresh Agarwal, Former SP leader and RajyaSabha MP joins left SP and joined BJP on yesterday, along with three other party leaders - Nitin Agrawal, Mukesh Agrawal and Madhu Mishra. Just for not getting a ticket, you use such a language?
"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.
Agarwal, who was in the Congress before joining the Samajwadi Party in the late 1990s, is no stranger to controversy.
Before going to Assembly, BJP's Rajya Sabha candidates reached BJP Headquarters and garlanded the statues of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, Kushabhau Thakre and Rajmata Scindia.