Castigating BJP MP Parvesh Verma’s comments during a Parliamentary debate on pollution as unparliamentarily and defamatory, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) spokesperson Raghav Chadha said the remarks are "truly sickening".
On Tuesday, during a debate in Parliament on pollution issue, Verma accused Kejriwal of not doing anything to curb air pollution in the city and criticised him for blaming farmers of neighbouring States for the problem. He also said that earlier the Chief Minister used to cough, but now the entire city and members of the House are coughing.
Chadha lashed out at Verma, saying that the episode shows intellectual and cultural bankruptcy of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that they have to stoop to a level where personal attacks on one’s health and family members are being made in order to justify one's own criminal negligence and apathy towards the issue of air pollution.
" I don't even wish to dignify his comments with a response. If the BJP thinks that abusing Chief Minister and making derogatory statements against his family can help bring the level of air pollution down then you are more than welcome to do so from morning to evening," he added.
He further disrespected not merely the democratically elected CM but also the institution that is Indian Parliament by making personal and derogatory remarks on CM's health and speaking like a street side troll. His conduct even prompted the speaker in the chair Kirit Premjibhai Solanki to interrupt him multiple times and request him to not make personal remarks, he said.
On reports that four out of seven Delhi BJP MPs skipping the parliamentary debate on pollution, Chadha said the AAP has always maintained that BJP leaders are not serious on the issue of pollution and it was evident when Vijender Gupta openly violated the odd-even scheme and made fun of it.
"Gautam Gambhir also skipped another important meeting. The health minister is advising people to eat carrots and another minister in UP is saying prayers should be done to please the rain god to reduce pollution," he said.
"Just three Delhi BJP MPs were present and four were absent, it shows that the BJP has nothing but criminal negligence and apathy when it comes to the respiratory health of people of Delhi and people of north India and AAP stands vindicated once again," he added.
Meanwhile, many prominent political leaders of Delhi Congress joined the AAP on Tuesday. Some of the Congress leaders who joined the party in presence of Senior leader and party Rajya Sabha MP
Sanjay Singh, including Brijmohan (District president of SC/ST cell and party delegate of Delhi Congress), Adhir Kumar Pandey (Karawal Nagar, district secretary, Congress), Satendra, Anoop Kumar among others.