BIRTH­DAY WISHES

India Today - - GLASS HOUSE -

The Sa­ma­jwadi Party ( SP) will stop at noth­ing to woo vot­ers. The party is now try­ing to win over N.D. Tiwari to con­vince Brah­mins of its in­tent. Em­bar­rassed by his colour­ful an­tics, the Congress had side­lined the for­mer chief min­is­ter. But on Oc­to­ber 18, Tiwari’s 89th birth­day, Uttar Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter Akhilesh Ya­dav went to his home on Lucknow’s Mall Av­enue to wish him. His party’s de­fence for the sud­den ges­ture was that it was be­ing gra­cious to a for­mer chief min­is­ter. It did not say whether sim­i­lar cour­te­sies would be ex­tended to other for­mer CMs— Ra­j­nath Singh, Kalyan Singh or even Mayawati.

SAU­RABH SINGH/ www.in­di­a­to­day­im­ages.com

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