Agrawal, who lost out to Bachchan in the race for re-nomination to the upper house and yesterday 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 today.
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".
Netizens' not only rebuked Agrawal for his comment but also mocked BJP for letting in a person they had criticised so much in the past.
Naresh Agarwal :
1) Compared Hindu Gods to Alcohol.
2) Questioned the calibre of Indian Army.
3) Called Kulbhushan Jadhav a Terrorist.
4) Casteist comment against PM Modi.
Still #NareshAgarwal accepted by "Party with a Difference" BJP. After joining BJP, he would be pure. Jai ho.
— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) March 12, 2018
राम तेरी भाजपा मैली हो गई#naresh agrawal.
— Shravan Sinha (@ShravanSinha4) March 12, 2018
This most absurd and Unacceptable inclusion of #Naresh Agrawal in BJP...... Peoples are feeling cheated.......No shame left in @BJP4India ......a party claim that it is "PARTY WITH DIFFERENCE" doing such a silly thing...... Disgusting... principle compromised.....Shame
— Vinay Sharma (@VinayCSharma4) March 13, 2018
@BJP4India party came to power in d name of #Lord_Rama and these pig #NareshAgarwal insult Mata Sita and Ram !
Go to Hell @AmitShah !!
One seat is not important in Upper house upholding the ethos and respect for our goddess are far more. @narendramodi @SushmaSwaraj @PiyushGoyal pic.twitter.com/hD2dqSncPF
— अवनीश (@AvnishAxis) March 12, 2018
— arunesh verma (@aruneshverma1) March 12, 2018
— Vinod Sharma (@VinodSharmaView) March 12, 2018
The storm on Twitter also paved way for some hilarious reactions.
— NotoriousBee (@chatpataka100) March 13, 2018
— Anila Singh (@AnilaSingh2) March 12, 2018
— abantika ghosh (@abantika77) March 12, 2018