“In this parliament, 163 members have cases of heinous offences against them. In this parliament, rapists, murderers and looters are sitting. How can you expect Jan Lokpal Bill to be passed by parliament?” Kejriwal is reported to have said at an election rally on Saturday.
Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi on Sunday said it was an insult to parliament and people of the country who elect MPs and MLAs.
“Parliament has a majority of those people who are willing to do anything for the country. They reach there through hard work. Such statements not only insult the democracy and parliament, but also insult the people of the country,” said Alvi.
The BJP, too, reacted angrily. “While trying to portray themselves as honest, some people create the impression that the whole world is dishonest. Such statements show that such people have no faith in Indian democracy, Indian Constitution and parliament,” said BJP general secretary Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
Accepting that there might be some persons in Parliament with ‘record’, Naqvi said one cannot bring an end to our parliamentary system or our democratic set up because of such people.
Lok Janshakti Party president Ram Vilas Paswan also criticised Kejriwal’s remarks and said, “It is an attack on democracy... It shows their mentality.” In a veiled attack on the BJP, he also criticised the political parties and their leaders for supporting the cause by sharing the stage with them.
(With PTI inputs)