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AP: Telangana shadow on first international biodiversity summit


Preeti Singh,CNN-IBN
Sep 25, 2012 at 02:40pm IST

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Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government is going out of its way to make the India debut of the International Biodiversity Summit a success. The summit begins on October 1 and despite protests planned by the Telangana supporters a day before, the government has said that the event will be smooth.

The Nizams' city will woo over 8000 delegates from 193 countries at the summit.

The Telangana Joint Action Committee's (TJAC) call for a huge protest rally on the eve of the summit, however, is likely to be a spoiler. Pro-Telangana parties like the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have decided to support the rally.

What's set to cause further embarrassment to the Congress government is that a few of their own MPs and MLAs from Telangana have decided to participate in the rally.

Congress leader Keshav Rao said that the MPs patience was running out. "Our patience has run out. But this rally will be peaceful. There will be no disturbance to the summit," he said.

As the countdown to the biodiversity conference nears, the Congress government under Kiran Kumar Reddy is trying to negotiate with the TJAC to postpone the rally.

Furthermore, with reports of a possible announcement from the Centre on the Telangana issue, will the Chief Minister's appeal to the protesters save the summit in time?

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