Senior Samajwadi Party leader and Bollywood icon Jaya Bachchan chose brevity over drama while responding to the BJP leader Naresh Agarwal’s insulting comments.In a curt response to media’s question on Agarwal, Bachchan said ‘I’m a stubborn lady, I will not answer.’Agarwal, who joined the BJP on Monday, sparked furore after his derogatory remarks against Bachchan.Miffed over not getting ticket for the Rajya Sabha polls, Agarwal used insulting words for the Samajawadi Party leader.Agarwal, who was inducted in the party at its New Delhi headquarters on Monday, embarrassed BJP with his acerbic remark on Bachchan.‘Films mein kaam karne wali se meri hesiyat kardi gayi, unke naam par humara ticket kataa gaya, maine isko bhi bahut utchit nahi samjha. Meri koi shart par nahi aya, koi Rajya Sabka ki ticket ki maang nahi hai (I have been compared with those who dance and work in films. I am not here on the condition of Rajya Sabha ticket),’ Agarwal said.Also readJaya Bachchan could be richest Rajya Sabha MP after declaring assets worth Rs 1000 croreThe statement left BJP red-faced with spokesperson Sambit Patra immediately distancing the party from Agarwal’s statement. Just hours after his induction in the party, Sushma Swaraj took to Twitter to slam him for his remark. Also readI express regret if my words hurt anyone: Under-fire Naresh Agrawal about his jibe at Jaya Bachchan ‘Naresh Agarwal has joined Bhartiya Janata Party. He is welcome. However, his comments regarding Jaya Bachhan ji are improper and unacceptable,’ she said in a tweet. In a quick u-turn, Agarwal on Tuesday apologised for his remarks. Also readSushma Swaraj scolds Naresh Agarwal: Welcome to BJP, but your comments on Jaya Bachchan unacceptable”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.Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kumar Badal said the comments were not just sad but also reflected a certain mindset…. I want to say that it shows the mindset and the upbringing (of a person). If there would have been an actor in place of Jayaji, then such words would never have been used. Actors also dance as much as the actress in Hindi movies but for men, it is okay, the Shiromani Akali Dal MP told reporters outside Parliament.

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Friends turn foes? Jaya Bachchan’s ‘stubborn’ takedown of Naresh Agarwal