The issue was raised in the Lok Sabha today with Speaker Meira Kumar and several MPs, including senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, not mincing words in deprecating Ramdev’s utterances and asked people to show respect to Parliament. RJD chief Lalu Prasad was also unsparing in his criticism, saying the yoga guru was a frustrated man and a “mental case”.
Addressing the media while launching his month-long yatra in Chhattisgarh’s Durg yesterday, Ramdev said there are good people among Parliamentarians and he respected them. “But there are dacoits, murderers, illiterates among them. We have to save Parliament. We have to remove corrupt people.”
After Anna Hazare and his team, Ramdev has stoked a controversy calling MPs “dacoits and murderers”, evoking strong condemnation from Parliamentarians who asserted that such “insults” are unacceptable, with Lalu Prasad dubbing the yoga guru as a “mental case”.
“Ramdev is frustrated, whoever speaks like this is frustrated. He is a mental case,” Prasad told reporters.
Samajwadi Party member Shailendra Kumar sought action under the rules of parliamentary privilege against people making such “derogatory” references against MPs.
“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 it,” Ramdev said.
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.
Such derogatory remarks made openly on public platforms amounted to breach of privilege of Parliament, he said.
Ramdev had hit out at the MPs accusing them of not caring for farmers and labourers in the country.”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.
The Lok Sabha Speaker said, “The Constitution is supreme. It has granted a certain position to Parliament. We all should take care of this first.”
Union Minister Harish Rawat said Ramdev was raising a question mark on the whole democratic set up.
Congress MP Jagadambika Pal said character assassination of Parliament and Parliamentarians is not acceptable.
Lashing out at Ramdev, Sinha said insult of Parliament and lawmakers and indeed that of the Constitution has become a norm now. “And who insults more is a bigger hero now. This is absolutely wrong. Nobody has the authority, no matter how big the individual is… it insults democratic institutions,” he said.
BJP MP Kirti Azad said, “It has come to such a situation that 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,” he said.