Naresh Agarwal: Jaya Bachchan controversial remark row: Naresh Agarwal expresses ‘regret’ | India News

NEW DELHI: “If my remarks offended someone, then I express my regret,” defected Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal today said as he fell one step short of offering an apology for his controversial remark against his former party member Jaya Bachchan.

Accusing the media of distorting his remarks, Agarwal said that his intentions were not to hurt anyone.

“I had said something which was given a different angle by the media. All I can say is that I didn’t intend to hurt anyone. I express my regret, if it did hurt anyone. I take back my words,” he said.

Agarwal, who left the Samajwadi Party to join hands with the saffron party, on Monday landed in a soup following a controversial statement where he had called his former party colleague, Jaya Bachchan, “a person who works and dances in films”.

“I have been compared with those who dance and work in films,” Agrawal said, following his defection from SP.

On being questioned, if he would tender an apology for his remark, for which he was widely criticized, the leader said “do you understand the meaning of “khed” (regret).”

BJP was quick to distance itself from Agarwal’s comment calling it “improper and unacceptable”.

“Shri Naresh Agarwal has joined Bhartiya Janata Party. He is welcome. However, his comments regarding Jaya Bachhan ji are improper and unacceptable,” she sadi in a tweet.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, too, clarified that his party respects people from all fields and welcomes them in politics.

Agrawal lost his bid for re-nomination to the Upper House to actor Jaya Bachchan.