Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan has given her first reaction on the sexist and denigrating remarks made about her by now-BJP politician Naresh Agrawal.
When asked about the matter outside Parliament, Jaya Bachchan said:
"You know... I'm a stubborn lady. I will not answer".
On Monday, Naresh Agrawal, at the press conference to induct him into the BJP, had said the following:
"I've been compared with women who work in films. One who does dance and roles in films... in their favour, my ticket was cut. I didn't feel that appropriate."
Jaya Bachchan was preferred by the SP over Agrawal for being given a Rajya Sabha ticket.
The remark forced party spokesperson Dr Sambit Patra to state that "in films or in life, everyone is worthy of respect and the BJP respects them". A number of reporters began to question the remarks at that point. Watch the news conference here.
BJP leader and Union Minister Sushma Swaraj panned Agrawal for his comments, tweeting directly on the matter:
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Naresh Agrawal said:
"What I said about Jaya Bachchan ji, if it has caused hurt to anyone, I regret it."
However, he refused to apologise for his comments when Republic TV confronted him about it.
Speaking to reporters about the matter, Mulayam Singh said, "He said what he said", adding "It's a good thing he's left the party".
Earlier, Akhilesh Yadav had demanded that the BJP take action against Naresh Agrawal and that the Women's Commission also probe the matter.
Naresh Agrawal had made unforgivable remarks against Jaya Bachchan during the course of the BJP press conference where he was formally inducted into the party.