"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 Ahmednagar district.

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.

Yadav, Kejriwal claimed yesterday, was the sole author of the warm embrace the two leaders shared. "He shook my hand and pulled me into a hug and then he held my hand and raised it," said the Delhi chief minister, adding, "It was projected and questions were asked."

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 Yadav when the latter was convicted in a corruption case.

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