NEW DELHI: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has criticised close aide and former party member Naresh Agrawal for his remark on the veteran actress and former Rajya Sabha lawmaker Jaya Bachchan.
Taking to Twitter, Yadav wrote, “Jaya Bachchan ji par ki gayi abhadra tipdni ke liye hum BJP ke Naresh Agrawal ke bayan ki kadi ninda karte hain. Yeh film jagat ke saath hi Bharat ki har mahila ka bhi apmaan hai (We strongly condemn BJP's Naresh Agarwal for remarks made on Mrs Jaya Bachchan, which lacks in decency. This is an insult to the film fraternity and every woman in India. If BJP really respects women, then take immediate action against them. The Women's Commission should also take action).”
श्रीमती जया बच्चन जी पर की गयी अभद्र टिप्पणी के लिए हम भाजपा के श्री नरेश अग्रवाल के बयान की कड़ी निंदा करते है. ये फिल्म जगत के साथ ही भारत की हर महिला का भी अपमान है. भाजपा अगर सच में नारी का सम्मान करती है तो तत्काल उनके ख़िलाफ कदम उठाये. महिला आयोग को भी कार्रवाई करनी चाहिए.
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) March 13, 2018
Agrawal, who joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday, called Bachchan a 'film wali' while interacting with media.
"Films mein kaam karne wali se meri hesiyat kardi gayi, unke naam par humara ticket kataa gaya, maine isko bhi bahut utchit nahi samjha. Meri koi shart par nahi aya, koi Rajya Sabka ki ticket ki maang nahi hai (I was put at par with a film actor. My ticket was given to her. I have not come (to BJP) on any condition. I do not want a ticket to Rajya Sabha)," Agarwal had said.
Senior BJP leaders and Union Ministers Sushma Swaraj and Smriti Irani lashed out at Agrawal for the insensitive comment. “Shri Naresh Agarwal has joined Bhartiya Janata Party. He is welcome. However, his comments regarding Jaya Bachhan ji are improper and unacceptable,” Swaraj tweeted.
Shri Naresh Agarwal has joined Bhartiya Janata Party. He is welcome. However, his comments regarding Jaya Bachhan ji are improper and unacceptable.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) March 12, 2018
My case is in the court of law for 5 years now. But let my battle not be an excuse to humiliate other women. In fact let it be a reminder for us that when a woman’s honour is challenged we stand as one in our condemnation irrespective of our politics. https://t.co/beneLYVHnk
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) March 12, 2018
Smriti said “let my battle not be an excuse to humiliate other women”, referring to a five-year-old court case.
She added, “In fact let it be a reminder for us that when a woman’s honour is challenged we stand as one in our condemnation irrespective of our politics.”