"He is welcome. However, his comments regarding Jaya Bachhan ji are improper and unacceptable", tweeted Sushma Swaraj. Minutes before BJP candidates filed their nomination, SP MLA and leader of the opposition in the assembly, Ram Govind Chaudhary, Congress legislative party leader, Ajay Kumar Lallu and RLD's lone MLA Sahendra Singh Ramala, submitted a letter of support for BSP nominee Bhim Rao Ambedkar.
The SP nominated Jaya Bachchan as its only candidate and chose to extendd the remaining votes to BSP candidate Bhim Rao Ambedkar.
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.
If reports were to be believed, Agarwal was unhappy with the party president and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for giving the ticket to actor-turned-politician Jaya Bachchan in the Rajya Sabha seat. I found it not proper. The faction was reportedly against nominating Agarwal as he had allegedly "colluded" with the BJP.
Agarwal, a two-time Rajya Sabha MP and seven-time MLA, is not new to controversial remarks. "My position has been compared to someone who works in the films".More news: Turkish plane with 11 on board crashes in Iran
He expressed his admiration for prime minister Narendra Modi and UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath.
The BJP has fielded a ninth candidate for the 10 Rajya Sabha seats going to polls in Uttar Pradesh out of which the party is comfortably placed to win eight, in order to needle the new SP-Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) unity candidate for the 10th seat. We have always welcomed leaders from Samajwadi Party with open arms since these are 2 very like-minded parties.
The senior leader said he did not have any demands from the BJP.
In July previous year, Mr Agrawal's comment in Rajya Sabha during a heated debate on cow protection gangs had to be expunged. "I will never stop supporting [former Samajwadi Party chief] Mulayam Singh Yadav", said Agarwal. His whole team today joined the party.