Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday described Anna Hazare’s decision to snap ties with the pro-politics group in the anti-corruption movement as “shocking and unbelievable” and said the veteran activist’s principles will be the foundation of their party.

“We respect Anna Hazare, he is our guru and father. Yesterday’s developments came as a complete surprise. It was shocking, unbelievable, unfortunate and sad,” Mr Kejriwal told reporters in New Delhi after a meeting with some of the supporters to chalk out the next course of action.

Mr Hazare on Wednesday announced the split with Kejriwal-led group, which is going ahead with its plan to form a party, saying they should not use his name or photo for the outfit they are planning to launch.

“Anna’s photograph and name are printed in our hearts. We will continue to take his blessings and touch his feet. Anna’s five principles will become foundation of our party,” Mr Kejriwal said.

Responding to Mr Hazare’s remarks that he does not go by a survey conducted through social networking sites, he claimed that it was the veteran activist who asked them to conduct a survey on whether to form a party or not.

“Anna had asked us to do the survey. Using SMS and Internet was his idea,” he said.