New Delhi, Mar 13: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Naresh Agarwal on Tuesday apologised for his remark against Rajya Sabha MP and Samajwadi Party leader Jaya Bachchan. “Agar meri kisi baat se kisi ko thes pahuchi hai toh main khed vyakt karta hun (If my comments have hurt someone, I apologise),” said Agarwal when asked about the row over his remark.

“I had said something which was given a different angle by the media. All I can say is that I didn’t intend to hurt anyone. I express my regret, if it did hurt anyone. I take back my words,” he said today.

Agarwal had been on the receiving end after he said that the SP chose “films mein kaam karne vaali (woman working in film)” over him in the Rajya Sabha Elections 2018. “Films mein kaam karne wali se meri hesiyat kardi gayi, unke naam par humara ticket kataa gaya, maine isko bhi bahut uchit nahi samjha. Main koi shart par nahi aya, koi Rajya Sabka ki ticket ki maang nahi hai (They chose a woman working in movies over me, I didn’t find it acceptable. I have not joined the BJP on any condition or demand for Rajya Sabha ticket),” Agarwal said on Monday soon after he joined the BJP.

SP chief and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav hit out at Agarwal and sought action against him. He said that Agarwal’s remark was not just an insult to the film industry but to every woman of India.

External Affairs Minister and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj also strongly reacted to his remark. “Shri Naresh Agarwal has joined Bhartiya Janata Party. He is welcome. However, his comments regarding Jaya Bachhan ji are improper and unacceptable,” Swaraj tweeted.