New Delhi: Anna Hazare’s recent remark comparing the Parliamentarians to the tyrannical Britishers has once again raked up a controversy.

“Britishers used to frame laws for personal gains and help them loot the country. Lawmakers and bureaucrats are servants of people. India is a democratic country, therefore, if you want to frame laws, you must consider taking the views of experienced people while drafting the laws,” Anna stated firmly.

He, however, said that he meant no disrespect to the Parliament or its members adding, “He is deeply concerned about rooting out corruption from the country.”

Anna’s blog came on Tuesday in the backdrop of lawmakers cutting across party lines lashed out at Anna Hazare and his team members for using intemperate language against MPs.

Meanwhile, soon after the Parliament condemned team Anna’s remark, Arvind Kejriwal said, “The entire nation was watching the proceedings of the Parliament. They were waiting for their answers whether the ‘good MPs’ will lend their support to 162 MPs of those having criminal background or demand cleansing of the Parliament.”

On Sunday, during day-long fast at Jantar Mantar in the national Capital to press their demand for strong and effective Lokpal Bill, team Anna had called MPs ‘rapists and murders’.

Bal Thackeray questions Anna’s relevance

Raising question on the relevance of Anna Hazare and his team members, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray in party’s mouthpiece Saamna wrote, “After Hazare's flop show in Mumbai in December 2011, team Anna had again featured in the news. His team members like Prashant Bhushan faced public ire while Arvind Kejriwal was greeted with slippers, Kiran Bedi's corrupt activities tumbled out, Swami Agnivesh was out of the team.”

Hitting out at 74-year-old social activist, he further chipped in by saying, “The media which used to grab every word of Anna Hazare, now hardly heeds to his campaigns including the previous one at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.”

“It is in public domain, when Anna Hazare started his agitation again it managed to elicit only lukewarm response in the capital.”

“It was expected that Anna Hazare would lead the anti-corruption brigade during the campaign in the recently concluded assembly elections in five states, but he remained in and out of hospitals,” he wrote.

BJP restrain from speaking on Anna’s remark

A day after the leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj led the attack by taking strong objection to Anna’s remark by saying they (team Anna) were indirectly inviting ‘dictatorship’, the BJP on Tuesday opted to maintain  silence on the ongoing fiasco inside the House over team Anna’s derogatory remark.

JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav and members from all political hues tore into the matter and came together to attack team Anna. However, later JD(U) MPs were also seen sitting silently in the House. On the other hand, without wasting any time and opportunity, RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh lambasted the ruling NDA in Bihar by accusing it of backing Anna’s movement.

Parliamentarians while moving a resolution against the civil society members demanded Speaker Meira Kumar to take suo motu action for their remarks against the democratic institutions.

According to sources, the middle-class is considered as the vote bank of the BJP hence, it changed its stand setting its eye on 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

(JPN/Bureau)