Tibetan parliament passes resolution urging Dalai Lama not to retire



Shimla: Exiled Tibetan Parliament has rejected the proposal of their spiritual leader and Political head, the 14th Dalai Lama to quit as the political head of the Tibetans.

Despite firm decision by Dali Lama to relinquish his political role, Tibet’s parliament in exile last night passed a resolution appealing to him to reconsider his decision. Dalai Lama had announced his decision to give up his political role as the head of the Tibetan government-in-exile on March 10. Earlier on Monday, the Tibetan leader sent a formal message to the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile formally directing its members to legalise his decision “Now, a decision on this important matter should be delayed no longer. All the necessary amendments to the Charter and other related regulations should be made during this session so that I am completely relieved of formal authority,” the Dalai Lama had said in the message.

After more than two days of extensive deliberation on the issue, the parliament today passed a three-point resolution with almost unanimous support, which, among other calls on the Tibetan leader to continue to act as both the spiritual and political leader of the Tibetan people. North America MP Tenzin Chonden was the lone opponent of the motion. Airing his views in the parliament, Tenzin Chonden insisted parliament members to take heed of Dalai Lama’s urgent and timely message and urged them to act progressively as per his wishes.

In the final resolution, the parliament offered immense gratitude and heartfelt devotion to the Dalai Lama on behalf of the Tibetan people for his leadership role. The parliament said it was fully convinced that the Tibetan democratic setup under the leadership of the Dalai Lama was in full conformity with the modern norms of a healthy democracy and that there was no need of immediate change for the time being. The parliament also extended heartfelt apologies to the 75-year old Dalai Lama for failing to work according to his wishes and pledged that the members in future would strive more to do their best for the unity of the Tibetan people and for the general cause of the Tibetan people.

Parliament Speaker Penpa Tsering said that the final resolution would be submitted to the Dalai Lama for his consideration. Penpa, however, said the Dalai Lama might not accept the appeal and might redirect the parliament to act on his proposals. “If that happens the matter will come up again in the parliament,” he added. Speaking at a news conference here yesterday, the Dalai Lama had reiterated that he was firm with his decision to relinquish his power despite opposition from within the Tibetan government-in-exile.

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