Lucknow, Mar 13: Samajwadi Party chief and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday hit out at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Naresh Agarwal for his “woman working in films” remark against Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan 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. Also Read - 15 Lakshadweep BJP Leaders Resign Over Sedition Charges Against Filmmaker Aisha Sultana
“Jaya Bachchan ji par ki gayi abhadra tipdni ke liye hum BJP ke Naresh Agarwal ke bayan ki kadi ninda karte hain. Yeh film jagat ke saath hi Bharat ki har mahila ka bhi apmaan hai (We condemn the inappropriate remark made by BJP’s Naresh Agarwal on Jaya Bachchan. This is an insult to the film industry as well as every woman of India),” Yadav said. (Read: Sushma Swaraj’s reaction to Naresh Agarwal’s remark against Jaya Bachchan) Also Read - 'Will Restore Article 370 in J&K if Voted to Power', Congress' Digvijaya to Pakistani Journalist in Alleged Clubhouse Chat
“BJP agar sach mein naari ka samman karti hai toh tatkal unke khilaaf kadam uthaye, mahila aayog ko bhi karyawahi karni chahiye (If BJP really respects women, it must immediately take action against him and a case should be filed with women’s panel),” he added. Also Read - Mukul Roy Is Our Son, He Has Returned Home, says Mamata Banerjee After Ex Aide's Ghar Wapsi
This came a day after former SP leader Naresh Agarwal, soon after joining the BJP, said that the SP chose “films mein kaam karne vaali (woman working in films)” over him. “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.
External Affairs Minister and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj welcomed Agarwal to the party even as she 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.