Political parties on Friday came down heavily on AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal for his controversial remarks against the media, calling him “populist”, a “demagogue” and “fascist”.
Union minister and Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma said Kejriwal was making such statements only to remain in news.
“Media has a role and a point of view. Political parties and the government can agree with it or disagree. It is for the media to decide on how to strike a balance and on issues of self-regulation. That issue has been left to the media,” he said. “Arvind Kejriwal and his people have a certain way. They want to be in news every day. They remain in the headlines only when they say or do something which is controversial. Whether they do it in Delhi, Mumbai, Gujarat or Agra, their thinking is just to remain in the news because they don’t have an ideology.”
“First, it was cheap populism and then anarchy and now what we also saw in Mumbai the other day is lumpenisation of Indian politics,” he said.
In his blog, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said Kejriwal had “evolved into a demagogue”. “He can make allegations against anyone and everyone without any supporting evidence. He has little concern for the truth. He believes in repeating the falsehood several times. He convinces himself that facts manufactured by him are true. As a populist in many areas he is ideology-less. He looks at the mood of the mob before presenting his case. Such persons can be extremely dangerous for democratic institutions.”
CPM politburo member S Ramachandran Pillai too slammed Kejriwal. “It is a very wrong statement. It shows their attitude towards the media. Earlier, they were being fully supported by the media so they had no complaints. But now because the media is criticising them, they are showing their fascist streak,” he said.