Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj took to Twitter to register her unhappiness with Mr. Agarwal's remark, terming it improper and unacceptable.
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. For somebody who used to dance in films, act in films, I was denied a ticket (for Rajya Sabha).
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.
However, with a total strength of 324 legislators in 403-member UP assembly, the saffron party and its allies will still have 28 spare votes. She has welcomed his entry into the BJP but lashed out him for his comments on Jaya Bachchan. "My son, who is an SP MLA, is also joining the BJP and he will vote for the BJP in the Rajya Sabha elections", he said. "If the people are going to other places for earning money, that shouldn't be called migration", Agarwal had said. "We should treat terrorists in our country the same way", Mr Agrawal had said.
Referring to Samajwadi Party leaders Mulayam Singh Yadav and Ram Gopal Yadav, Agrawal said he will continue to respect them for the regard they had given him. The Samajwadi Party has 47 MLAs in the 403-seat Uttar Pradesh Assembly. "We have had leaders who seamlessly shifted from being SP spokesperson to BJP spokesperson".
He today claimed that media had distorted his comments and presented them out of context.
In July a year ago, Mr Agrawal's comment in Rajya Sabha during a heated debate on cow protection gangs had to be expunged.