Greater Noida: Key Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal’s comments here on Saturday terming the Parliamentarians `robbers` and `rapists` have sparked off a huge controversy with the entire political class coming down heavily on the noted social activist.
In a public awakening programme here yesterday, Kejriwal said all types of bad elements including robbers and rapists have overpowered Parliament.
“The fight would be to overhaul Parliament`s character, which has become a big problem for us - the people of India,” Kejriwal said.
"We should have no illusions about any change happening after the (UP) elections. The final outcome will be that the public would be defeated. Now, the fight initiated to bring the Jan Lokpal Bill has been widened to change the entire system," he added.
Kejriwal, scathing in his criticism of political parties, said: "All political parties are corrupt. They are fighting to grab the seat to loot. They are not concerned for the growth and the development of the country. Today, the Congress is crying for not being able to loot the state exchequer. Otherwise, it had ruled the state for about 40 years in the past.
"The BJP is also in the same bracket. It did nothing to check corruption in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Himanchal Pradesh and Karnataka. All the political parties are fighting for their share in the loot," he said.
The remarks did not go down well with the political circle and politicians from different parties have strongly criticised Kejriwal for showing disrespect to Parliament.
The BJP, which has been supporting Team Anna, too came out with strong words against the RTI activist.
“I haven`t seen his comments, but if he has made such remarks, it`s unfortunate,” party spokesperson and MP Prakash Javadekar reportedly said.
“It could be seen as an attempt to denigrate Parliament and MPs will raise this matter during the upcoming Budget Session. People who denigrate Parliament are denigrating democracy,” the BJP leader added.
CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said Kejriwal’s comments are nothing but to denigrate Parliament.
Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi told Zee News that such comments against Parliament are unfortunate.
“Such remarks are an insult to the Parliament, which would weaken the democracy,” Alvi said, adding that it’s all being said for cheap publicity.
Reacting to Kejriwal’s comment RJD has said that it will bring privilege notice against Kejriwal during the budget session of Parliament.
"Kejriwal has not only insulted Parliamentarians, but Parliament and the electorate as well by referring to the MPs as rapists, murderers and looters at an election rally at Ghaziabad yesterday," RJD general secretary Ram Kripal Yadav said.
"Kejriwal has lost his mental balance and needs to be sent to a mental asylum," he said and urged the Centre to immediately arrest him on sedition charges.
However, Yoga guru Baba Ramdev backed Kejriwal, stating that though the activist`s choice of words could be objected to, his contention was "absolutely right".
"There can be objection to the language or words used by Kejriwal but his contention is absolutely right," Ramdev said at a news conference after observing a day-long fast against illegal mining and corruption in Goa.
"There is no doubt in what Kejriwal said. When we can elect MPs then why can`t we have a right to speak against them," he said.