Naresh Agarwal apologises for remark on Jaya Bachchan

Published - March 13, 2018 02:03 pm IST - New Delhi

 Naresh Agarwal claimed that the media had twisted his comments

Naresh Agarwal claimed that the media had twisted his comments

Facing a backlash for belittling actor-politician Jaya Bachchan, Rajya Sabha MP and BJP leader Naresh Agarwal on Tuesday offered his regrets but said his comments were twisted by the media.

Mr. Agarwal, who lost out to Ms. Bachchan in the race for renomination to the upper house and quit the Samajwadi Party to join the BJP, had said at a press conference that the SP denied him the RS ticket and gave it to somebody “who used to dance and act in films.”

“My intention was not to hurt anybody’s sentiments. I regret if my comment has hurt somebody’s feelings and withdraw my words,” he said.

He also claimed that the media had twisted his comments.

His comments invited strong criticism from many BJP leaders, including Sushma Swaraj, who said they were “improper and unacceptable”.

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