Irked by the favouring of Jaya Bachchan over him for re-nomination to Rajya Sabha, the former Samajwadi Party senior leader Naresh Agrawal joined Bhartiya Janata Party on Monday. "He is welcome. However, his comments regarding Jaya Bachhanji are improper and unacceptable", Ms Swaraj tweeted. By fielding Agarwal's relative, Anil Aggarwal, BJP hopes to win the ninth seat by mobilising support from SP quarters, surplus BJP votes and those from other parties.
Agrawal, who lost out to Bachchan in the race for re-nomination to the upper house, on Monday quit the Samajwadi Party and joined the BJP.
Agrawal, who was termed as an "eminent personality", joined the BJP at the newly built party headquarters in the presence of railway minister Piyush Goyal.
Samajwadi Party selected Jaya Bachchan as their candidate for the Rajya Sabha poll. Because of her, the ticket was not given to me, which I did not find right.
Mr Agrawal's term in the Rajya Sabha is ending next month and he was expecting a re-election to the Upper House. The faction was reportedly against nominating Agarwal as he had allegedly "colluded" with the BJP.
"My comparison was drawn with those working in films".
Before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Agarwal, in a controversial dig at Narendra Modi, said that someone who had worked at a tea shop 'can never have a national perspective, ' The Times of India reported.
On Monday, Agrawal said: "I am joining the BJP as I think that until you are in a national party, you can not do anything for the society". Mr Agarwal joining the BJP has also upset a majority of the party's Uttar Pradesh unit. "I will vote for BJP in Rajya Sabha and I thank PM Modi for showing faith on me".
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra distanced his party from Agrawal's remarks, saying it respects people from all fields and welcomed them in politics.
He also served as a minister in the Kalyan Singh, Ram Prakash Gupta and Rajnath Singh regimes. The Samajwadi Party is going downhill. His whole team today joined the party.