Naresh Agarwal joins BJP after SP denies Rajya Sabha ticket

Naresh Agrawal joins BJP in the presence of Union minister Piyush Goyal

Naresh Agarwal joins BJP after SP denies Rajya Sabha ticket

"I did not think it was appropriate to sideline me to give the Rajya Sabha ticket to someone who works in the film industry". He is welcome. However, his comments regarding Jaya Bachhanji are improper and unacceptable, " Ms Swaraj said in a tweet.

In a major setback to the Samajwadi Party (SP), its senior leader Naresh Agrawal on Monday joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The terms of six of its Rajya Sabha MPs from Uttar Pradesh is ending, but a debacle in assembly elections previous year means that Akhilesh Yadav can send back only one.

The seven-time MLA from Hardoi constituency announced that he was joining the saffron party in presence of Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.

Last week, the SP named Jaya Bachchan as its Rajya Sabha nominee, overlooking Agarwal, according to a report in Financial Express. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra immediately clarified that his party respects people from all fields and welcomes them in politics. Even BJP leaders seemed to regret Naresh's actions as Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj came forward to rectify the mistake.

Naresh Agrawal lost that race to Jaya Bachchan and stomped out of his party of two decades to join the BJP. We will do seva for the BJP.

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She wrote, "Shri Naresh Agarwal has joined Bhartiya Janata Party".

He was also Minister of Tourism in Mulayam Singh Yadav Government from 2003 to 2004.

"Whatever I have to say, I have said" was what Agrawal said as uncomfortable BJP leaders tried to wind up the conference.

The BJP today fielded 11 candidates for the 10 Rajya Sabha seats in UP to make a contest of it.

The senior leader said he did not have any demands from the BJP. Due to just 47 legislators in the 404-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly, SP managed to send just one candidate in the Rajya Sabha.

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