Newly-inducted Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member Naresh Agrawal was highly criticised by several leaders for his controversial remarks against actor-turned-politician Jaya Bachchan on the very first day. Addressing the press conference on Monday, Agrawal said, “My status was reduced to that of a film actor. Because of her, the ticket was not given to me, which I did not find right. I just want to serve the BJP, I have no conditions and no demand for a ticket in the Rajya Sabha.” ALSO READ: ‘Unacceptable’: BJP on Naresh Agrawal’s comment on SP’s Jaya Bachchan Agrawal, who has been wrapped up in controversies even in the past over his statements, made the remarks in the presence BJP leaders, including Union minister Piyush Goyal. The BJP, meanwhile, was left red-faced. However, Sambit Patra, however, immediately distanced his party from Agrawal’s remarks, saying his party respects people from all fields and welcomed them in politics. ALSO READ: With SP not nominating him to RS, Akhilesh aide Naresh Agrawal joins BJP Agrawal is not new to controversy. Last July while speaking in the Rajya Sabha, he likened Hindu gods and goddesses to alcohol, triggering an uproar. The comment has deeply embarrassed the party, with its leaders including ministers Sushma Swaraj and Smriti Irani condemning it. ALSO READ: Naresh Agrawal hasn’t done it first time… Sushma Swaraj took to Twitter saying comments about Jaya were “improper and unacceptable”.
Source: Business Standard