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Telangana shadow over plan to host Commonwealth Youth Parliament

Prasad Nichenametla , Hindustan Times  Hyderabad, September 25, 2013
First Published: 22:54 IST(25/9/2013) | Last Updated: 23:16 IST(25/9/2013)

The chaos over separate statehood for Telangana in Andhra Pradesh has cast a shadow on the Commonwealth Youth Parliament which was planned to be held in Hyderabad in October.

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With the state under a political turmoil, officials of the State Legislative Assembly are mulling to call off the prestigious international event, held in London last year and coming to India for the first time. 

“What else to do? Given the tense situation, it might not be a good idea to conduct the event here now,” a senior official told HT.

Apart from the whole city, the assembly complex that was to host the event, is witnessing protests and arguments between legislators from Telangana and Seema-Andhra over the state’s division as announced by the Congress party on July 30.

Even the monsoon session did not take place this year. 

The AP branch of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association had grand plans for the week long event beginning October 20 that brings together about 500 delegates (youngsters and young legislators) from the 54 Commonwealth nations.

President Pranab Mukherjee was to inaugurate, with Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar, CPA chairperson Alan Haselhurst and secretary general William Shija in attendance.

A union cabinet resolution on Telangana is expected before the assembly in October, setting off a larger confrontation between the legislators at loggerheads.

Officials doubt participation of Andhra ministers, legislators in the seminars etc and also fear that any unpleasant incident during the Youth Parliament might be embarrassing for the state, globally.

“Hence, we would explain our inability to conduct the CYP now.”

Hyderabad is also host to the international children's film festival in November. The city’s hospitality industry is already concerned over the low number of national and international events here this year. 

Plans to select 10 students as CYP delegates from the state were dropped as universities in Seema-Andhra are shut because of united Andhra movement.


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