At SP unity show, sparks fly between Akhilesh, Shivpal China may soften stand on terrorist tag for JeM’s Azhar
Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal traded angry barbs in public on Saturday as the family feud in Uttar Pradesh’s ruling family marred the 25th year celebrations of the Samajwadi Party.
Former Bihar CM and RJD leader Lalu Prasad had to intervene to try and pacify Akhilesh and Shivpal, both of whom dropped the bonhomie they had displayed moments earlier to tear into each other.
Amid the angry exchanges, there was no decision on the grand alliance the SP is pushing for with other non-BJP parties, although several erstwhile Janata Parivar leaders did attend the function as a mark of solidarity. BSP chief Mayawati, however, mocked the alliance attempt at a press conference in Delhi in the evening. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav takes blessings from RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and SP state president and uncle Shivpal Yadav.
Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda also batted for a third front under SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav for the 2019 general elections.
China could drop its opposition to India’s efforts to get Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar designated a global terrorist after a meeting between their top security officials recorded “forward movement” on the matter.
The outcome was from a “positive”, five-hour-long meeting national security adviser Ajit Doval had with powerful Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi a day earlier, government sources said on Saturday.
In April, China blocked New Delhi’s appeal to the United Nations to label Pakistanbased Azhar a terrorist, putting a “technical hold” on the proposal. Beijing extended that decision last month, once again highlighting its closeness with “all-weather ally” Pakistan.
China is the only one in a 15-member United Nations panel to block India’s appeal on the chief of Jaish, which was blamed for a militant attack on an Indian Army camp in Uri, which left 19 soldiers dead in September.