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Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Agrawal being welcomed by Union Minister Piyush Goyal as he joins BJP

Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Agrawal, who lost out in the race for re-nomination to the upper house to Jaya Bachchan, today quit the Samajwadi Party and joined the BJP, which was left embarrassed after he remarked that the SP had equated him with the film actor "who used to dance in films".

Agrawal joined the party in presence of Union Minister Piyush Goyal at BJP headquarters in Delhi. External Affairs Minister has hit out at Agarwal for terming Bachchan as "Bollywood Dance Girl" and said he was welcome in the party but his remark was not. "I did not think it was appropriate to sideline me to give the Rajya Sabha ticket to someone who works in the film industry". I found it not proper.

Bachchan's third term in the Upper House comes to an end on April 3.

Mr Agrawal also said that his MLA son will vote in favour of the BJP in the Rajya Sabha polls.

Agrawal has courted controversy on several occasions in the past through his remarks, both inside and outside Parliament.

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Describing his joining the BJP as "homecoming", he said he would unconditionally do whatever the party wanted him to.

"I am inspired by the Prime Minister and Yogiji".

One of the Modi Cabinet's senior-most ministers tweeted a rebuke just hours later.

"Naresh Agrawal ji felt he could serve the country and his state better if he joined the BJP", Goyal added. We have always welcomed leaders from Samajwadi Party with open arms since these are 2 very like-minded parties.

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