Clearing the air of criticism surrounding the image of him embracing Lalu Prasad Yadav, the Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has said that, it was the RJD chief who “pulled and hugged him”, and it did not amount to an “alliance”.
Terming JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar as a “good person”, Kejriwal said that, AAP worked “against BJP” during the Bihar assembly polls, and supported the chief ministerial candidature of Nitish Kumar.
“I go to Rashtrapati Bhawan. All party leaders come there. They meet us. In Nitish Kumar’s swearing in Lalu Yadav was on the stage. He shook hand and pulled me and hugged me. And held my hand and raised it. It was projected and questions were asked. We have not formed an alliance. We are against his record of corruption and we’ll always oppose it,” Kejriwal said.
Speaking at the AAP’s National Council meet, Kejriwal said, he was against dynasty politics, and the fact that Lalu’s “two sons are ministers. We are against that too.”
“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 added.
Kejriwal has been facing flak from various quarters for hugging Lalu during the oath- taking ceremony of Kumar, on November 20. Former AAP leader Yogendra Yadav, also described it as a “shameful” act. Yadav had said that, 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!”