New Delhi, March 13: Rajya Sabha MP and veteran actor Jaya Bachchan on Tuesday reacted to Naresh Agarwal’s comments against her and said that she was a stubborn lady and refused to comment on it. Bachchan’s reaction came hours after Agarwal, who joined the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), expressed regret for his “films mein kaam karne vaali (woman who works in films)”comment. Also Read - 15 Lakshadweep BJP Leaders Resign Over Sedition Charges Against Filmmaker Aisha Sultana
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Earlier in the day, women lawmakers had slammed the newly inducted BJP member for his controversial remarks against Bachchan. Lashing out at Agrawal for denigrating a woman, Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal had said, “It is sad. If elected representatives will talk like that, then what is the difference between them and roadside Romeos? Even men dance and sing in movies, then why are such things said only for women?” Also Read - Mukul Roy Is Our Son, He Has Returned Home, says Mamata Banerjee After Ex Aide's Ghar Wapsi
“Jaya ji is an achiever. Even before marrying Amitabh Bachchan, she was famous as Jaya Bhaduri. Saari party ghumte hain (Naresh Agrawal), fayda dekh ke dusri party mein kood padte hain, ye mard ki pehchan hai? (He moves in all parties, he jumps into whichever party he sees personal gain in, is it the identity of a man?) What he thinks doesn’t matter, question is what is BJP doing?” Congress MP Renuka Chowdhury said and raised a question on the BJP. (Also Read: Naresh Agarwal’s Comment on Jaya Bachchan an Insult to Film Industry And Every Woman of India: Akhilesh Yadav)
External Affairs Minister and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj had also strongly reacted to his Agarwal’s remark. “Shri Naresh Agarwal has joined Bhartiya Janata Party. He is welcome. However, his comments regarding Jaya Bachhan ji are improper and unacceptable,” she had tweeted yesterday.
Soon after joining the BJP yesterday, Agarwal had stated that his status in the Samajwadi Party (SP) “was reduced to that of a film actor.”
“For somebody who used to work in films, I was denied a ticket (for Rajya Sabha). I did not find it appropriate,” Agrawal said minutes after joining the ruling party at its headquarters.