She wrote, "Shri Naresh Agarwal has joined Bhartiya Janata Party. He is welcome. However, his comments regarding Jaya Bachhan ji are improper and unacceptable", she posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter. "Nobody found it proper", said Agarwal, referring to Samajwadi Party selecting film actress Jaya Bachchan as its candidate for the Rajya Sabha. "For somebody who used to dance in films, act in films, I was denied a ticket", Agrawal said.
Flanked by Union Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal and with BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra in tow, Mr. Agarwal made no secret of his disappointment at being edged out by Ms. Bachchan.
Agrawal, who till recently had been making controversial comments against the BJP and even the RSS, showered praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath. Mr Agarwal joining the BJP has also upset a majority of the party's Uttar Pradesh unit.
During the press conference, Agrawal also announced that his son Nitin Agarwal, who is a Samajwadi Party MLA, will vote for the BJP in the biennial elections to the upper house. The number of seats a party wins in the Rajya Sabha elections is dependent on the strength of its members - who form the electoral college - in the state Assembly.
"After being disappointed in Allahabad, I think the only weapon left with the BJP is to spread communalism and divide the state between the Hindus and Muslims". The remaining 9 additional votes will be given to the BSP candidate under the party coalition. Last year, the BJP was up in arms over his remarks in the Upper House mocking Hindu gods. I will always carry deep respect in my heart for [SP chief] Mulayam Singh Yadav and [MP] Ram Gopal Yadav, but the way things are going in the SP, has prompted me to leave.
Mr Agarwal, who joined the SP from the Mayawati-led BSP in 2012, had supported Akhilesh Yadav during the bitter family feud in the Yadav clan and was considered close to the latter's uncle, Prof. "Today he is a leader of Modiji's party".