Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday clarified that he merely hugged Lalu Prasad Yadav at Nitish Kumar’s swearing-in ceremony, but vowed not to hug the RJD leader’s ‘corruption’.
"At Nitish Kumar’s swearing-in, Lalu Yadav shook my hand, pulled and hugged me. I did not take any initiative," the Aam Aadmi Party leader explained in an after-thought.
He further said his party worked for Nitish Kumar’s success since he had a good record. "We have not formed an alliance. We are against his record of corruption and we’ll always oppose it," Kejriwal said while addressing the party’s National Council meet in Delhi.
He also reiterated his party’s stand against dynasty politics as two of Lalu’s sons were given ministerial posts in Bihar cabinet. However, he said he was happy that questins are raised about him and not other political leaders who had hugged Lalu on the stage.
"I am happy that questions are being asked. Questions are being asked because people have hope, because they think we are different. Nobody asks questions when other leader hug Lalu ji, it’s good for us," Kejriwal noted.
Former AAP leader Yogendra Yadav described the on-stage hug as a "shameful" act. Yadav described the ‘hug’ as the defeat of ideals just to form a bloc against the BJP. "Political capital of the movement sold to symbols of political corruption.Ashamed!" he tweeted.
However, Kejriwal’s prompt response should come as a reminder that he is still finding his way to adjust to senior politicians who are adept at alliances and hugs than clear alliances.