NEW DELHI, March 26 � Political parties closed ranks in Lok Sabha today to condemn Team Anna for using derogatory language against MPs, accusing the group of waging a fight against the political class and deviating from its objectives, reports PTI.
But Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal who fuelled the row with his description of MPs remained defiant, saying he had not said anything wrong and that present day Parliament has a �serious problem of credibility� as people are losing faith in it since there were 162 lawmakers with criminal records.
A demand was made for a Parliamentary resolution against Team Anna to condemn the �uncivil� language used against MPs during Anna Hazare�s day-long fast here yesterday with some members in the Lower House saying it was deviating from its objective to fight corruption.
Leader of the Opposition and BJP leader Sushma Swaraj led the charge in the Lok Sabha saying that by speaking against democratic institutions, the civil society members were indirectly inviting dictatorship.
She said while on the one hand, the group wants the Lokpal Bill to be cleared by Parliament and on the other, it was accusing the MPs of being corrupt.
Swaraj said if MPs were described as �looters�, �corrupt� and �rapists� by Team Anna then why did it send three of its demands to be incorporated in a resolution passed by Parliament.
She said the issue was not limited to an individual or a group of MPs but the entire institution which is the anchor of democracy in the country.
JD-U leader and NDA convenor Sharad Yadav accused Team Anna of targeting him and found support from Swaraj.
Demanding a resolution against Team Anna for using derogatory language, Yadav said Hazare should have stopped his colleagues from targeting Parliament and using such a language against parliamentarians. He also accused Team Anna of �working against Parliament.�
Sanjay Nirupam (Cong) said he too had earlier supported Team Anna�s fight against corruption but now it seemed that the group was waging a fight against the �political class�.
Congress spokesperson Abishek SinghVI told reporters Team Anna�s conduct demonstrated their �arrogance� and �disgust� towards Parliament and democracy.
Several NDA MPs in the Lok Sabha were seen supporting Nirupam�s demand that a probe must be ordered to ascertain who was supporting Team Anna.