Commonwealth Parliamentarians from the largest democracy in the world gather at 7th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association India Regional Conference in Uttar Pradesh 

Over 100 Commonwealth Parliamentarians from across India have renewed their focus on Parliament’s role in the sustainable development agenda and reaffirmed their commitment to democracy at the 7th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) India Regional Conference held for the first time in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, from 15 to 18 January 2020.  
The Chairperson of the CPA India Region and Speaker of the Lok Sabha, India Parliament, Hon. Shri Om Birla, MP inaugurated the Regional Conference and said: “India's democracy is the largest democracy in the world. We have preserved our Constitution and democratic system of governance. With this being our responsibility, it is a matter of pride for us. Parliament has done commendable work to usher in social, economic and political changes. It has played a crucial role in participative democracy, social integration and social justice, as also for development of scientific temperament and socio-economic progress of the people.”

The CPA Regional Conference was hosted by the CPA Uttar Pradesh Branch and the Speaker of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hon. Hriday Narayan Dixit who welcomed delegates to the Regional Conference and said that the outcomes of the CPA India Regional Conference would strengthen democracy. The opening session of the Regional Conference was also addressed by the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Hon. Yogi Adityanath, the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Ram Govind Chaudhary and the Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Hon. Anandiben Patel.  
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath said that the CPA has played an important role in facilitating democracy and the spirit of Indian democracy is in line with the spirit of the Commonwealth. He also said that India appreciates the Commonwealth and Constitution makers of India have been entrusted with the responsibility of preserving democracy and so everyone has to play their role through protecting unity and integrity.

In the two-day conference, discussions included increasing the efficiency of the people's representatives and improving the standard of the House's meetings.

The CPA Acting Secretary-General, Mr Jarvis Matiya sent a video message on behalf of the CPA Headquarters Secretariat to delegates attending the CPA India Regional Conference and highlighted the CPA Recommended Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures which many Commonwealth Parliaments are implementing through assisted self-assessments. 

Ahead of 7th CPA India Regional Conference, the CPA India Regional Chairperson and Speaker of the Lok Sabha, India Parliament, Hon. Shri Om Birla, MP chaired a meeting of the CPA India Regional Executive Committee.

The CPA India Regional Conference brought together Speakers and Members of Parliament from the national Parliament of India (Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha) and thirty-one state and provincial Legislatures across India, one of the most populated regions and the largest democracy of the Commonwealth. Representatives also attended from Australia, Malaysia and other Commonwealth countries.  
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Updated 16 January 2020/CPAHQ.

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