After former UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, now, his father and Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh has also hit out at former party leader Naresh Agrawal for his sexist and denigrating comment against Jaya Bachchan on Monday.
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.
"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."