Senior SP leader Naresh Agarwal, son join BJP

Senior SP leader Naresh Agarwal, son join BJP

Senior SP leader Naresh Agarwal, son join BJP

In a blow to the Opposition in Uttar Pradesh, senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Naresh Agarwal joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj lambasted Agarwal, calling his comment "improper and unacceptable". "That is even more painful", Agrawal said while expressing anger over Jaya being given a preference over him for re-entry to the Rajya Sabha by the Samajwadi Party.

Almost half an hour after all eight BJP candidates filed their nominations and left, Agarwal, who runs an engineering college in Ghaziabad and a school in Meerut, walked into the Tandon Hall of Vidhan Sabha along with BJP's Gonda MLA Shailesh Singh and filed his nomination. Kisi ne bhi isko uchit nahin samjha. An angry Agarwal had then made a decision to jump the ship and said "My ticket was denied and it was given to someone who dances in films". Because of her, the ticket was not given to me, which I did not find right.

"Shri Naresh Agarwal has joined Bhartiya Janata Party".

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However, Swaraj termed his remarks "improper and unacceptable".

BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra, who was at the press conference, picked up the microphone immediately after Agrawal concluded his brief speech. "My position has been compared to someone who works in the films. BJP respects everyone. We respect all", he said.

Naresh Agarwal described his joining the BJP as "homecoming".

But the damage was done. BJP leaders admitted that the party was "deeply embarrassed" by his remarks and that it has taken the sheen off the party's excitement over his shift to the BJP. His son Nitin has also joined the BJP. The SP has only 47 votes and party chief Akhilesh Yadav can only send one leader to Parliament. He also added, "I have no preconditions for joining the BJP". We will do seva for the BJP. "A ticket has been given to her instead of me and I don't approve of it", Aggarwal said. He claimed that the people of his community - Baniya (Vaishya) - supported the BJP and would appreciate his move. Making it clear that he was not bargaining for any position in the BJP, Aggarwal said, "I have not put any condition nor am I asking for a Rajya Sabha ticket".

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