Patna: Amidst the claim by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal that Lalu Prasad had "pulled and hugged him" at the swearing-in ceremony of Nitish Kumar, the RJD chief's son and Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday said hugging a guest was part of 'sanskar' (tradition).
"It is part of our sanskar to hug a guest who has come in a pleasant event," Tejashwi Yadav told reporters.
"Let anybody say anything ... Its part of our sanskar to embrace a guest who has come to participate in a celebration. There is nothing wrong in it," he said on Kejriwal's comment.
The image of the Delhi Chief Minister and Prasad embracing had gone viral and put Kejriwal's anti-graft credentials under serious question.
In an effort to wriggle out of the controversy, Kejriwal had said it was the RJD chief who had "pulled and hugged him" and it did not amount to an "alliance".