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Facts on my side,says Kejriwal

AMID criticism from politicians across parties for his remarks,Kejriwal stood by his comments.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
February 26, 2012 10:14:26 pm

AMID criticism from politicians across parties for his remarks,Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday stood by his comments.

On Saturday,Kejriwal had said at a rally that “all types of elements have entered Parliament,including robbers,murderers and rapists”. On Sunday,he followed it up with a written statement: “I did not say anything wrong and I stand by my statement.”

Elaborating,he said,of the 162 MPs against whom criminal cases had been registered,14 faced charges of murder,20 of attempt to murder,11 of cheating under Section 420 and 13 of abduction. He said five candidates in Uttar Pradesh elections had charges of rape against them. In the present Parliament,charges of corruption had been slapped on a number of MPs like Kanimozhi,A Raja,Lalu Prasad and Mulayam Singh Yadav. “Had the CBI been free,P Chidambaram too would have been facing a case of corruption,” he said.

Kejriwal said: “If one commits a murder or rape,it takes 25-30 years for the case judgment to come. Because those MPs who are charged with murder or ransom collection would not want the system to change. Can we expect this Parliament to pass such a Jan Lokpal Bill under which the corrupt would go to the jail within one year,their property is confiscated and they are expelled from Parliament? If an effective Lokpal Bill is passed and an effective judicial system is enforced in the country,there is a possibility of these 162 MPs going to the jail.”

Describing Parliament and assemblies as “sacred temples of our democracy,” Kejriwal said,“These have been polluted by those who watch blue films while seated in the Vidhan Sabha. On the other hand,when we raise this issue and criticise,we are accused of not having faith in Parliament.”

Kejriwal said Parliament had many “crorepatis” who had piled their crores “not through hard work,but after sucking the blood of the common man”. “The goal of an MP like Vijay Mallya is not to serve the poor,but to save his sinking airline,” he said.

However,he added that “it does not mean that Parliament does not have good members,but their number is low”.

He went on to predict that the 2014 elections will be a “revolution,” which will herald a change in the system.

When asked by The Indian Express if he was not worried about the possibility of a privilege motion moved against him in Parliament,Kejriwal responded with a counter-question: “Why should there be a privilege motion?”

A breach of privilege is a violation of any of the privileges of members and Parliament. Normally,any action casting reflections on MPs,Parliament or its committees,can be considered breach of privilege. Politicians may start off with a hard-line at the outset,but they finally tend to take a liberal view. Therefore,people are generally allowed to get off the hook with a censure or a warning. Kejriwal is obviously not worried on account of this possibility.

Back at the Greater Noida meeting,Kejriwal declared in a sweeping observation: “All political parties are corrupt,” He said: “The Congress wants to have UP,but they already have the entire country with them. What have they done there? What has the BJP done in Madhya Pradesh,Chhattisgarh and Himachal Pradesh?” He said the Samajwadi Party “was here until five years ago and they were involved in a Rs 2 lakh crore ration theft and pilfering of thousands of crores of rupees in police recruitments. The BSP remained with you for 10 years and they looted you.”

Terming the inquiries against politicians accused of corruption “just a drama,” he said people like Suresh Kalmadi,A Raja and Kanimozhi were sent to jail for “just a few days and they come out very quickly”.

Congress spokesman Manish Tewari,when asked for a response to Kejriwal’s barbs,said,“Such intemperate comments do not have to be dignified with a reaction.” Another Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi said,“Such comments show disrespect towards Parliament and people of India who elect MPs & MLAs. Parliament has a majority of those people,who are willing to do anything for the country.

BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said,“This shows how arrogant these people are. While trying to portray themselves as honest,some people create the impression that the whole world is dishonest.”

BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar added,“MPs will raise this matter during the upcoming Budget session.”

CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta criticised Kejriwal for using “the most unfortunate language of a dubious nature”. Lok Janshakti Party president Ram Vilas Paswan termed it “an attack on democracy”.

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