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Naresh Agrawal joins BJP with a remarks against women

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Rajya Sabha MP and veteran actor Jaya Bachchan on Tuesday reacted to Naresh Agarwal's comments against her and said that she is a stubborn lady and won't answer to anything. In the presence of BJP leaders, including Union Minister Piyush Goyal, he had said: "For someone who used to dance in films, act in films, I was denied a ticket (for the Rajya Sabha)".

Yadav also urged the Women Commission to take cognizance in this matter.

Ministers unite across party lines to condemn Naresh Agarwal's comment on Jaya Bachchan.

Her condemnation for Agrawal came just moments after the latter left the Samajwadi Party to join the BJP.

Calling Bachchan a loyal leader, Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh had said that she deserves to be the Samajwadi Party's candidate for the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls.

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Agrawal's comment deeply embarrassed the BJP; Sushma Swaraj and Smriti Irani condemned his derogatory remarks. He ditched Samajwadi Party (SP) and joined BJP on Monday. "This takes the total number of candidates in the fray to 14, with SP's Jaya Bachchan and BSP's Bhimrao Ambedkar having already filed nominations earlier", returning officer Poonam Saxena said. The date for withdrawal of names is March 15 and if necessary then voting will be done on March 23.BJP is having enough strength in Assembly to retain all its four Rajya Sabha seats.

BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra, who was at the press conference, picked up the microphone immediately after Agrawal concluded his brief speech.

The Opposition, including the SP and the Congress, has announced support for the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)'s Bhimrao Ambedkar for the 10th seat, which no party can win on its own, but with the BJP entering the contest, Ambedkar's fate looks uncertain.

Agrawal's term in the Rajya Sabha is ending next month and he was expecting a re-election to the upper House.

Sources within the BJP said that not everyone was pleased with Agrawal's induction into the party primarily because of his "insulting" comments for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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