BJP rebuts `disrespecting Parliament` charge

With the Congress attacking all the parties which participated in the Lokpal debate at Jantar Mantar here for hurting Parliament`s dignity, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday strongly rebutted the charge.

Last Updated: Dec 12, 2011, 15:30 PM IST

New Delhi: With the Congress attacking all the parties which participated in the Lokpal debate at Jantar Mantar here for hurting Parliament`s dignity, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday strongly rebutted the charge.

"We all respect Parliament. But the leaders who went there categorically said law-making must be done by Parliament alone," BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

"But it`s equally important that the country is pained at the series of massive corruption of the government. If the leaders went there to have a dialogue with them, what is wrong?" Prasad said.

The BJP leader added, "As far as Parliament`s dignity is concerned, we don`t have to learn from the Congress".

A debate on the draft Lokpal Bill was on Sunday held at Jantar Mantar where Anna Hazare sat on a day-long token fast. BJP leader Arun Jaitley, Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav, Left leaders AB Bardhan, Brinda Karat and D Raja and many others participated in the debate, which was given a miss by the Congress and its allies.

IANS