"As far as the SP is concerned, they have said they want to give women importance and that women must be represented properly and that is why our president and leaders have selected me".
"My intention was not to hurt anybody's sentiments".
"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.
A day after newly-inducted Bharatiya Janata Party leader Naresh Agrawal's "film wali" comment on Jaya Bachchan, Samajwadi Party leader Aparna Yadav on Tuesday said that the former SP leader said it in a fit of rage. On twitter, Swaraj welcomed Agarwal into BJP, however, said that his remarks on Jaya Bachchan were "improper" and "unacceptable".
The factional fight in the Samajwadi Party could benefit the BJP in the Rajya Sabha election.
Agrawal was once to close to Samajwadi Party leader and former UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
Earlier on Monday, Jaitley filed his nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha election from UP. He said the Samajwadi Party had denied him the Rajya Sabha ticket in favour of someone who used to dance and act in films.
Naresh Agrawal had joined BJP by quitting SP yesterday. Womenfolk and artists should be respected and why only women artists, all women who are working should be respected, she said.
By the time he got the news, the BJP had already announced its list of eight candidates from UP, leaving no scope for him to get a ticket.
Re-tweeting the comment, Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani posted that "when a woman's honour is challenged we stand as one in our condemnation irrespective of our politics".
Before going to Assembly, BJP's Rajya Sabha candidates reached BJP Headquarters and garlanded the statues of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, Kushabhau Thakre and Rajmata Scindia.