After Azam 'detention', Shivpal Yadav turns down US varsity invite

In a show of solidarity with his cabinet colleague Azam Khan who was recently detained at Boston airport, PWD Minister Shivpal Yadav has decided not to visit John Hopkins University which had invited him to make a presentation on Uttar Pradesh Water Sector Restructuring Project.

The project involves strengthening of the lower Ganga canal and its branches and to build three dams in Bundelkhand. Shivpal announced his decision after the release of his e-book Lohia ke Lenin? Mulayam Singh Yadav Friday.

Speaking at the event, Azam Khan said, "I am an ordinary person. Former president A P J Kalam and senior leader George Fernandes too have met the same fate. I am sad that no one in the country reacted to such incidents earlier. People should have been on the roads and the Indian government should have fired its canons in the air if not towards the US as a mark of protest," he said. "We were going to share our management of crores of people during Kumbh. It is their loss, we had nothing to lose."

Soon after Azam's US-bashing, reporters asked Shivpal about his proposed visit to the US. "I am not going to the USA. I hope that satisfies you," he replied as Azam listened.

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