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RJD president Lalu Prasad slammed Anna Hazare`s comment against MPs and said the use of such language could lead the nation towards anarchy.

Updated: Dec 12, 2011, 18:15 PM IST

New Delhi: RJD president Lalu Prasad on Monday
slammed Anna Hazare`s comment against MPs and said the use of
such language could lead the nation towards anarchy.

"Anna Hazare`s statement that 180 MPs are `goondas` is
highly objectionable. It is an insult to Parliament. He (Anna
Hazare) should take back his words," Prasad told reporters
outside Parliament.

He claimed that Anna Hazare had during his day-long
protest at Jantar Mantar yesterday said that 180 MPs who still
had criminal cases against them were "goondas" in Parliament.

"By saying 180 goondas are sitting inside Parliament....
this is the path to lead the nation towards anarchy," said the
RJD chief.

When asked why he had not participated in the debate at
the Jantar Mantar during the day-long fast by Hazare, Prasad
said even though he was invited he preferred not to go as he
was elected by the people of the country to participate in
debates inside Parliament and not along the roadside.

"Anna had invited everyone. We have not been elected to
speak on the footpath, but to participate in debates inside
Parliament," said Prasad.

He said, "Parliament is the place for holding debates and
not the roadside...I have nothing to do with those who went
there and spoke."

Prasad said everyone wanted a strong and effective Lokpal,
but there was a process to be followed.

He also defended Rahul Gandhi, saying there was no reason
for Hazare to criticise him.

PTI