Social activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday expressed his disappointment over his former protégé Arvind Kejriwal sharing an embrace with RJD supremo Lalu Prasad at the swearing-in ceremony of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s in Patna on Friday.
“It’s good that I left Arvind’s company, or else I would also be facing a similar predicament,” Hazare said. “Shaking hands with Lalu and hugging him is not okay,” Hazare told reporters at his native village Ralegan Siddhi in Maharashtra.
Hazare’s comments came even as Kejriwal sought to clear the air on the Lalu hug that has become a much--discussed topic in the country.
Kejriwal claimed on Monday that Lalu was the sole author of the embrace. “He shook my hand and pulled me into a hug and then he held my hand and raised it,” said the Delhi Chief Minister had said.Photographs of the two leaders went viral on social media and a Kejriwal tweet from two years ago was dug up to remind the former anti-corruption activist of his stand on Lalu when the latter was convicted in a corruption case.