Many have made billions through politics, says Congress MP

Last Updated: Sun, Oct 06, 2013 18:23 hrs

Ambala: A Congress MP from Haryana, who had earlier stirred a controversy with his 'Rs. 100 crore for a Rajya Sabha seat remark', today said there are many people who have made billions through politics.

"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," Rajya Sabha MP Chaudhary Birender Singh said at a gathering.

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

Reacting to Mr 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 the MP's remarks were "absolutely correct" and noted that politics had become an easy route for many to make money.

A few months back, the MP had kicked up a row after he claimed that there were people who were ready to shell out up to Rs. 100 crore to get a Rajya Sabha seat.

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