New Delhi: After Anna Hazare and his team, yoga guru Baba Ramdev kicked up a controversy by attacking MPs and calling them "dacoits and murderers" and managed to unite MPs across party lines who condemned his statements.
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and several MPs, including senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, did not mince words in condemning the utterances and asked people to show respect to Parliament.
Addressing the media while launching his month-long yatra in Chhattisgarh's Durg yesterday, Ramdev said, "They are those people who don't care, don't love the farmers, the labourers or the people of this country.
"They are friends and slaves of money. They are illiterate, dacoits and murderers. They are devils in the form of humans, who we have elected to those posts. They are not worth," Ramdev said.
He said there are 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 added.
Earlier, Hazare and his team, especially Arvind Kejriwal, angered Parliament when they attacked MPs. Kejriwal even called MPs murderers and rapists besides naming 14 Ministers as corrupt and threatened cases against them.
Speaker Kumar said, "The Constitution is supreme. It has granted a certain position to Parliament. We all should take care of this first."
Sinha said insult of Parliament and lawmakers and indeed that of Constitution has become a normal norm now. "And who insults the more is a bigger hero now.
"This is absolutely wrong. Nobody has the authority, no matter how big the individual is, ..... it insults the democratic institutions," he said.
Union Minister Harish Rawat said Ramdev was raising a question mark on the whole democratic set up.
BJP MP Kirti Azad said, "It has come to such a situation that in this country, nowadays anybody can speak anything and get away with it.
"No one seems to be in any control. However, I am surprised that Ramdev made such remarks. I can be termed as criminal too as I had violated Section 144 of CrPC while protesting against power cuts. But I did not expect such remarks from him," he said.
Congress MP Jagadambika Pal said character assassination of Parliament and Parliamentarians is not acceptable.