Twitter erupted with potshots on Friday after Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, whose political career took off after a national crusade against corruption, hugged RJD chief and fodder scam convict Lalu Prasad at Nitish Kumar’s oath-taking ceremony in Patna.
The remarks on Twitter proved nothing escapes the unremitting eyes of social media. Users posted a 2013 tweet by Kejriwal which had taken a dig at the sentence Prasad received after his conviction.
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— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) October 3, 2013
Others expressed shock over how Kejriwal, who has pledged to make Delhi corruption-free within five years, could embrace Prasad in a political “U-turn”.
Kejriwal can hug Lalu coz "Corruption" is not part of Headlines anymore... There's No scam since Modi and it's good!!— Swanand (@Swan_and) November 20, 2015
A court sentenced Prasad to five years in jail in 2013 for siphoning off state funds. Prasad was convicted for his part in a 1990s animal fodder racket in Bihar in which crores of rupees went missing. He was granted bail by the Supreme Court later that year.
Kejriwal was always known for his U-turn. But his hugging of Lalu, after calling him the king of corruption, is a Ewww-turn— The Bad Doctor (@doctoratlarge) November 20, 2015
Gandhi Maidan created history. Lalu met Kejriwal, Shiv Sena met Nitish, Mamta was with Left etc etc. All these contradictions is due to Modi— milind khandekar (@milindkhandekar) November 20, 2015
Can't blame Kejriwal for supporting Lalu Yadav, he needs to understand corruption more closely in order to stop corruption— EngiNerd. (@mainbhiengineer) November 20, 2015
TL flooded with photos of Lalu and Kejriwal. Nauseating when I think about how that man wanted to wipe out corruption. Thoo!— VibhaSekhar (@VibhaSays) November 20, 2015
Kejriwal, who has had a long feud with the Narendra Modi-led central government, had come out in support of Nitish Kumar ahead of the staggered Bihar elections. He later said the impressive win by the ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and its allies Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress had shattered the “arrogance” and “self-pride” of Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.
Bruised after the BJP’s massive win in Bihar in the 2014 general elections, Kumar and Prasad buried their differences and revived an old alliance going back to the 1970s to fight a common enemy in the key assembly elections.