Ghaziabad: Striking a defiant note, Arvind
Kejriwal on Friday replied to the privilege notices served on him
for "insulting" Parliament, saying how can he respect the
institution which has MPs with "criminal background".
The Team Anna member alleged that all the parties are
responsible for bringing Parliament to disrepute as 162 MPs
with criminal background have managed to get into it.
"There was a Parliament in which Lal Bahadur Shastri
resigned (from the post of railway minister) following a train
accident. I would like to sacrifice anything for such a
Parliament but how will I respect Parliament of present days,"
Kejriwal said in the letter.
He also alleged that industrialists, who were not known
for any public service, have managed to get into Parliament
with the help of various parties.
"They enter Parliament to further their business
interest. If this is not misuse of Parliament, if this is not
insult to Parliament then what is it," he asked.
Besides Congress MP Sajjan Singh Verma, RJD MPs Rajniti
Prasad and Ram Kripal Yadav had served a privilege notice
against Kejriwal for calling MPs "rapists, murderers and
looters" during an election campaign rally last month.
The Lok Sabha Secretariat has sought reply from Kejriwal
following the receipt of the notices.
"Received privilege notices from Rajniti Prasad and Ram
Kripal Yadav also...Rajniti Prasad is the same MP who tore the
Lokpal Bil in Parliament. Did he insult Parliament or did I
insult Parliament?" Kejriwal had tweeted after he got the
Earlier in September last year, Kejriwal was served a
notice for making "derogatory" remarks against
Parliamentarians during Hazare`s agitation in Ramlila Maidan.
"In this Parliament, 163 members have cases of heinous
offences against them. In this Parliament, rapists are
sitting, murderers and looters are sitting. How can you expect
Jan Lokpal Bill to be passed by Parliament? How can you expect
that you can get reprieve from poverty and corruption,"
Kejriwal had said on February 25.
Talking to reporters today, Kejriwal also said that Team
Anna will soon write to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
providing evidence against 14 Union Cabinet ministers whom he
had named as "corrupt".
Hazare had set a deadline of August to register FIR
against these ministers and warned the government that they
will launch `jail bharo` agitation, if it is not done.