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Kejriwal gets flak for hugging Lalu at Nitish's swearing-in

New Delhi, Nov 21, 2015, (PTI): 21:47 IST
 RJD Chief Lalu Prasad with Delhi Chief Minster Arvind Kejriwal during the swearing-in ceremony of the new Bihar government at Gandhi Maidan in Patna on Friday. PTI Photo
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today drew flak for hugging RJD chief Lalu Prasad during the oath-taking ceremony of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with his former colleague and Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav saying that it was a "shameful" act.

Yadav, who was expelled from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), said it was not mere hugging, but the defeat of ideals to form a bloc against the BJP.

"Political capital of the movement sold to symbols of political corruption. Ashamed!"
"This is the same logic which Congress supporters used to use against the Lokpal movement. They would say that they (the Congress) are corrupt, but the Lokpal movement should not be supported as it would help the BJP. Kejriwal used the same logic, but shamed those strove against corruption," Yadav said in a post on his Facebook page.

LJP leader Chirag Paswan said he was surprised to see Kejriwal hugging Prasad. "You cannot give Lalu ji a benefit of doubt as he has been convicted in a corruption case. Kejriwal is known for his anti-corruption stand and his hugging Lalu ji indicates whether he has stopped his war against corruption."

BJP's Sambit Patra too attacked Kejriwal saying the AAP chief used to hold one press conference after another in which he would name Prasad in his list of most corrupt politicians.

"Yesterday, Arvind Kejriwal hugged the ideology which he had been opposing," Patra said.

Kejriwal was criticised even on social media with many even posting a tweet of his that wrote in October 2013.

"Laloo made crores in fodder scam. But no order for recovery of that money. Just 25 lakh fine and few years in jail. A sweet deal," the Delhi CM had tweeted.

Hitting back, Kejriwal supporters claimed that it was Prasad who forcibly hugged him despite his reluctance and defended the friendly gesture between the two saying that it was nothing but a "political courtesy".

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