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Naresh Agrawal expresses regret for his remarks on Jaya Bachchan

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New Delhi | Tuesday, Mar 13 2018 IST
Hours after his alleged denigrating remarks on actress-turned-politician Jaya Bachchan, the controversial BJP leader Naresh Agrawal on Tuesday expressed regrets for his comment.

"If anyone was hurt by my comments, then I express regret," Mr Agrawal told reporters here after a number of BJP leaders flayed him for the unwarranted remarks.

Repeatedly asked whether he was apologising, he countered a journalist: "Do you understand the meaning of khed (regret)?"External Affairs Minister and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj took to the micro blogging site to say that Mr Agrawal's remarks were "unacceptable".

"Shri Naresh Agarwal has joined Bhartiya Janata Party. He is welcome. However, his comments regarding Jaya Bachhan ji are improper and unacceptable," she tweeted.

"Yeh jo hua, galat hua (What has happened is wrong)," Rupa Ganguly, BJP MP in Rajya Sabha and also an actress-turned-politician, told reporters here. She said "artists" ought to be respected for their work and more so for women.

"In fact, all women need to be shown respect," she said.

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