At SP unity show, sparks fly be­tween Akhilesh, Shiv­pal China may soften stand on ter­ror­ist tag for JeM’s Azhar

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Pankaj Jaiswal and M Tariq Khan let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com Shishir Gupta shishir.gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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