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Arvind Kejriwal Thanks PM

PTI 28 Aug 2011, 12:35:47 IST

New Delhi, Aug 28: Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal thanked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his efforts to resolve the issue. “We also thank all the MPs who made it possible. Without them, it would not have been possible. We also thank all the political parties for passing the resolution in Parliament yesterday,” he said.

He dismissed the charge that Team Anna was against Parliament and that their methods were anti-Constitution. “We respect Parliament but sometimes issues come up. Swaraj is not that you elect people for five years and that you forget till the next elections,” he said. Kejriwal dismissed allegations that Team Anna had called politicians “thieves”.

“Some people say we are against politicians. We never called all of them thieves. All politicians are not corrupt. There are politicians who even supported our agitation,” he said.

“For the first time since independence there was such a big debate about the law. Every village should get the copy of a draft before a law is enacted. After getting their views the Parliament should consider the Bill. Only then Gandhi's freedom will be achieved,” he said.

Rejecting charges that they were against Constitution, he said they respect Constitution and its architect B R Ambedkar. “We salute B R Ambedkar,” he said.

In an apparent attack on RJD chief Lalu Prasad who criticised him in his speech in Parliament yesterday, he said,Ambedkar would not have imagined that Ambedkar would not have imagined that a day would come that “a man can eat fodder” or that people will stash money away in Swiss banks. PTI