SP's Naresh Agarwal rubbishes reports of defecting to BJP

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Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal on Monday rubbished the reports that he would be joining the Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. Agarwal told news agency ANI that he stands by UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and dubbed the reports as 'baseless'.

ANI had earlier reported that Agarwal would join the BJP on Monday.

Naresh Agrawal has been an MLA for seven terms from Uttar Pradesh's Hardoi constituency. He has been in the Samajwadi Party since 1989, before which he was with the Congress party. Agrawal is currently a member of the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh.

Naresh Agarwal

The Samajwadi Party announced their alliance with the Congress for the upcoming UP polls on Sunday evening. The SP would be fielding 298 candidates while the Congress would contest elections in 105 seats in the poll bound state.

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