"Nowadays, if somebody does not find anything else to do, then the best profession (dhanda) is politics. If people fail in business, in government jobs, cannot become a good engineer, doctor or lawyer, then they join politics,” he said.

"And many of them succeed in such a way, they play not in millions but in billions and try to crush the right people in politics," Rajya Sabha MP Singh, a known detractor of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, said at a gathering in Ambala.

Reacting to Singh's remarks, former IPS officer and activist Kiran Bedi said that politicians should declare their assets before becoming ministers and after ceasing to be one and, if the difference was found to be huge, the matter should be probed.

Noted lawyer and Aam Aadmi Party member Prashant Bhushan said Chaudhary's remarks were "absolutely correct" and noted that politics had become an easy route for many to make money.

A few months back, Singh had started a controversy when he claimed that there were people who were ready to shell out up to Rs 100 crore to get a Rajya Sabha seat.

(Agencies)

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