Yoga guru Baba Ramdev found himself at the centre of a fresh controversy on Wednesday with his remarks on MPs — calling them “dacoits and murderers” — evoking a sharp response from the parliamentarians. His one time friend Lalu Prasad called him a “mental case.”
It all began with Ramdev's comments at Durg in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday that there are some good people among the parliamentarians and he respected them. “But there are dacoits, murderers, illiterates among them. We have to save Parliament. We have to remove corrupt people,” Ramdev had said.
The issue was raised in the Lok Sabha with Speaker Meira Kumar and several MPs, including senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, not mincing words in condemning Ramdev's utterances.
The tone was set by the Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad, who said, “Ramdev is frustrated, whoever speaks like this is frustrated. He is a mental case,” Prasad said.
Samajwadi Party’s Shailendra Kumar said, “MPs are being openly bad-mouthed by these persons who are calling the elected representatives a bunch of thieves, thugs, rapists and murderers,” he said.
Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said these days it has become a fashion to denigrate MPs. “This is absolutely wrong. Nobody has the authority, no matter how big the individual is ..... it insults the democratic institutions,” he said.
In her comment, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar said everybody should respect the constitution.
“The Constitution is supreme. It has granted a certain position to Parliament. We all should take care of this first,” she said.