Labelled as an "anarchist" by his critics, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal has stated that his party is committed to function within the framework of Indian Constitution.
Responding to the charge of being an anarchist leading elements with diverse ideologies lacking cohesiveness, Kejriwal said, "We can have people amongst us wedded to different ideologies but we are committed to the framework of the Indian Constitution."
The former Delhi chief minister said he would not like to be bound by ideological confines and does not believe in "isms" denoting political leanings.
"I am influenced by (Mahatma) Gandhi. I follow the humanist ideology. We want to empower people and change the system which is based on political corruption," he said in an interview to a Marathi news channel telecast yesterday.
Replying to questions, Kejriwal said he was earlier an atheist (person who does not believe in God) but had become a "believer" since the last three years as he felt that his course had been chartered by the divine will.
"I would not have imagined even in my wildest dream that I would quit my income tax job. I never thought of fighting elections. This is all God's will. There is a power that guides you," he said, adding that he believes in the Bhagwad Gita philosophy that professes doing one's ordained duty without expecting fruit of action.
"Gita is not just faith but is a science," Kejriwal felt.
Slamming Kejriwal for his remarks, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said, "I was aghast to see Kejriwal speaking at a Nagpur rally that the whole media is sold out to Modi.
And more than that he said if we come to power, we will institute an inquiry and put all mediapersons in jail.
"This is a fascist tendency and emergency mindset.He is working for Congress...He is not speaking about Rahul Gandhi or Congress. He is only targeting Modi because he wants to get mileage out of it. His mindset is revealed - - they are Maoists in urban outfit."
Another BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, "The media made him a hero overnight. And now he is sending the same media to jail. It is for the media to do with such an organisation".
He also questioned the source of the funds the AAP was getting from.
Accusing Kejriwal of running away from governance, Congress leader Kapil Sibal said, "He can't do anything to the media because media is competent".
CPI leader D Raja said that the AAP leader has been making "hyperbolic statements" in the recent past.
"I don't know what is his tactics but certain things which Kejriwal have been saying today, the Left has been saying for long...The corporate houses are fully backing Modi and Kejriwal is speaking such things. And even in the case of Kejriwal, he had the support of the media at one point of time".