Greater Noida: After lying low for several weeks, RTI activist and Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal has launched a fresh offensive against parliamentarians, saying that "Parliament has become a problem" for the country.
Addressing a gathering of around 2000 people in Greater Noida on Saturday, he said, "There are criminals, rapists and murderers running our Parliament. I think our Parliament has become a problem for us."
The comments by the anti-corruption crusader did not go down well with the political parties, including the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
While the Congress termed it as disrespect towards Parliament and people of India, the BJP said that it depicted the arrogance of Team Anna.
Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi said, "We don't want to comment on such comments by Kejriwal. Such comments show disrespect towards parliament and people of India who elect MPs & MLAs. They make such comments for publicity."
"This shows how arrogant these people are. It is not the right thing to say everyone is corrupt just to prove themselves right," said BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
In its public awakening programme in Greater Noida, Kejriwal had also warned people that they were going to be defeated and that political parties would the only winners.
"We should have no illusions about any change happening after the (Uttar Pradesh assembly) 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," said Kejriwal.
Putting emphasis on overhauling the system, Arvind Kejriwal said all types of bad elements including robbers and rapists had overpowered parliament. "The fight would be to overhaul parliament's character, which has become a big problem for us - the people of India," he said.
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.
With Additional Inputs from IANS