The controversial comment was made when Kejriwal was addressing a gathering of 2000 people in Greater Noida on Saturday. The issue has stirred a controversy and irked many in the political circles including those from both the Congress and the BJP. The Congress termed the comment, "disrespect towards Parliament and people of India"; the BJP chose a harsher term and depicted the same as "arrogance of Team Anna".
Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi commented on Kejriwal's comments and said, "We don't want to comment on such comments by Kejriwal. Such comments show disrespect towards parliament and people of India who elect MPs & MLAs. They make such comments for publicity."
BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, on the other hand said, "This shows how arrogant these people are. It is not the right thing to say everyone is corrupt just to prove themselves right."
Kejriwal made these comments during a public awakening programme in Greater Noida and warned people that they are going to be defeated and that political parties would end up as the winners. He added, "We should have no illusions about any change happening after the (Uttar Pradesh assembly) elections. The final outcome will be that the public would be defeated. Now, the fight initiated to bring the Jan Lokpal Bill has been widened to change the entire system."
He further stated, "The fight would be to overhaul parliament's character, which has become a big problem for us - the people of India."Targeting his anger at the political parties, Kejriwal stated, "All political parties are corrupt. They are fighting to grab the seat to loot. They are not concerned for the growth and the development of the country. Today, the Congress is crying for not being able to loot the state exchequer. Otherwise, it had ruled the state for about 40 years in the past.
"The BJP is also in the same bracket. It did nothing to check corruption in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Himanchal Pradesh and Karnataka. All the political parties are fighting for their share in the loot," he said.