The Congress from the Telangana unit has decided to oppose the Sunburn Festival scheduled to begin on Friday at the Gachibowli Stadium in Hyderabad. On Thursday, Former Congress MP V. Hanumantha Rao submitted a representation to the Cyberabad Police Commissioner to cancel the Sunburn Festival.
Hanumantha Rao justified his request by saying the festival was against Indian culture. He went on to state the youth were getting spoilt with the alcohol, dance and music. Rao also accused the organizers of selling tickets to youngsters below the age of 15.
On the other end, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) spokesperson Addanki Dayakar alleged the Telangana Government is supporting a drug culture. He further added the Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao was choosing to ignore the issue.
These accusations come a day after former TDP and present Congress Minister Revanth Reddy stated, “The high end events, like ‘Sunburn’, are often used as a platform by drug mafia to supply drugs to youngsters and improve their network. Keeping in view that the event is open to children over 15 years of age, the state government should immediately ban the event. While the KCR led TRS government keeps denying permission to TJAC (Telangana Joint Action Committee) to hold public meetings on the growing unemployment issue, it has the audacity to allow such events where there is a scope for drug consumption culture to spread.”
On Thursday, Hanumantha Rao went as far as going to the Gachibowli Stadium and started an argument with the police. He demanded the permit issued to the festival must be revoked immediately.