They also raised clasped hands, broad smiles on their faces. As pictures of the greeting were shared on social media, people also dug out an Arvind Kejriwal tweet from about two years ago when he had said:
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 dealArvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) October 3, 2013
The reference was to Mr Yadav's conviction in a corruption case. Mr Kejriwal had stormed the political scene as a crusader against corruption with a stated mission to change the system. The tweet was retweeted almost 5000 times.
Arvind Kejriwal was at today's oath ceremony in Patna at the invitation of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. This year, the two chief ministers seemed to bond, meeting several times, drawn together by a shared rivalry with the BJP.
Arvind Kejriwal, whose Aam Aadmi Party decimated the BJP in the Delhi elections earlier this year, made several vote appeals for Nitish Kumar for the Bihar elections, and wished him a big win over the BJP in Bihar like AAP's in Delhi.
But he did not accept Nitish Kumar's invitation to campaign for him in the state. It was seen as the former anti-corruption activist's discomfort at being seen in the same space as Lalu Yadav, who joined hands with Nitish Kumar to stall the BJP in the state.
There was no discomfort apparent though on stage at the Gandhi Maidan today when the two leaders embraced.
On Twitter, there was anger and there was mirth.
Thought something like #CorruptionHug would be trending post Kejriwal hugging Lalu Prasad Yadav...eh no?Man of Justice (@SuperGops) November 20, 2015
Daag(Corruption-Lalu) Hamein (Honest Politician-Arvind Kejriwal)Achhe Lagne Lage.Centre mein Satta Ke Sapnon Ne (Ariel) sab Daag Dho Daale.Ravi (@Raveeii) November 20, 2015
Kejriwal from india agnst corruptn to kejriwal for corrption ,how? He is endorsing lalu .kejriwal not a saint he too was a politician .Crusaderindia (@rc72876) November 20, 2015