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Congress MP says politics is a lucrative business

Oct 06, 2013 09:35 PM IST Politics Politics
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Ambala: Congress leader from Haryana Birendra Singh has stoked a controversy by claiming that politics is a lucrative business.

Addressing a rally in Amabala, the Rajya Sabha MP made a shocking claim that one could earn crores of money after joining politics, even if they have failed in other spheres of life. He was sharing the stage with Union Minister Kumari Selja.

He said, "Politics is a very lucrative profession even if you fail in other spheres of life.

"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.

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 ago, 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.

(With additional information from PTI)