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Khurshid's China visit kept on hold for ‘better response’

Khurshids China visit kept on hold for ‘better response’
The planned visit by external affairs minister SalmanKhurshid to Beijing next week is under a cloud as he said on Friday that the progress in dialogue to end stand-off in Ladakh is not satisfactory and India would have liked ‘much better response’ from China.

Khurshid, who is slated to travel to Beijing on 9 May, said the review of his visit has not been done ‘as of now’ but ‘what will happen tomorrow, one can't predict on Friday’.

He emphasised that India wanted reversal of ‘adverse incident’ in Ladakh and return to the status quo in Depsang Valley where the Chinese troops intruded.

‘We haven't reviewed at this stage. We have not found it necessary. We have not...reached at that stage to review,’ Khurshid said when asked whether his scheduled visit to Beijing is under review.

Questioned whether there was certainty about his going ahead with the visit, he responded, ‘The word certainty is not a good word to use in human affairs. What will happen tomorrow one can't predict on Friday’.

He remained evasive on giving clarity on the visit despite repeated queries but sources said the visit would ‘not be worthwhile’ if there is no progress in talks taking place at various levels.

Earlier in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry announced the visit of Khurshid to Beijing on May 9 and said both nations are committed to resolving the dispute over the presence of PLA troops in Depsang valley in Ladakh through talks without letting it to ‘affect’ bilateral ties.

Khurshid, who China said would be on a two day visit at the invitation of Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi, would meet Chinese leaders besides holding talks with Wang.

Govt set to dissolve Jharkhand Assembly: New Delhi: Jharkhand Assembly, which is under suspended animation, is all set to be dissolved to facilitate Assembly elections in the state likely in July.

Official sources said the Home Ministry is preparing a note to be submitted for approval of the Union
Cabinet which will recommend for dissolution of the Assembly to pave way for holding the Assembly elections.

Jharkhand was placed under President's rule on 18 Jan and the 82-member state Assembly was kept under suspended animation after JMM withdrew support.

It is not immediately known what prompted the Centre to initiate the move but sources said the govt may have come to the conclusion that an alternative government in the present House was not possible.

‘The Union Cabinet will hold a meeting soon to take the decision and the election is likely to be held in July before the six-month term of the President's rule ends on 18 July,’ a senior official said. In the current Assembly, BJP and JMM have 18 members each. Congress has a total of 13 members, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha(P) 11 and RJD 5 in the assembly. All other parties have a member each.
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