Puducherry: The 16th Tibetan parliamentary delegation, comprised of Parliamentarians Mr. Pema Delek, Mr. Migyur Dorjee and Ms. Namgyal Dolkar Lhagyari, who had called on several leaders earlier this month in the city of Bangalore, Karnataka, has now called on hosts of leaders in the southern union territory of India, Puducherry, including its Chief Minister and Speaker.
After the successful Tibet-advocacy campaign in Bangalore, the parliamentary delegation reached Puducherry on Nov 7. Thereafter, on Nov 8 and 9, they called on called on Chief Minister Sh. V. Narayanaswamy, (who has held different cabinet rank as a member of the Council of Ministers earlier, is quite familiar with the issues of Tibet) and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Sh. V. Vaithilingam as well as President of BJP Puducherry unit Sh. V. Saminathan, Minister for Public Works (PWD) and President of Puducherry Pradesh Congress Committee Sh. A. Namassivayam and PWD officials.
While expounding of the Five-Point appeals of Tibetan Parliament-in-exile during their meetings with the respective personages, the delegates solicited them for their continued support and to facilitate the necessary assistance in bolstering the potency of All Party India Parliamentarian Forum for Tibet (APIPFT). They, in particular, expressed their hope in India’s support rendered towards the protection of human rights in Tibet on the distinguished platform like Human Rights Council of United Nations, being its member now.
Upon meeting with Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Sh. V. Vaithilingam, the Hon’ble Speaker spoke on issues concerning Tibet, in particular, how important guest His Holiness the Dalai Lama is of India. He also assured to relay Tibetan parliamentary appeals to the higher authorities.
President of Puducherry Congress Committee facilitated immensely in seeking appointments with Chief Minister and Speaker and even assigned a staff with the Tibetan parliamentary delegation during their two days Tibet-advocacy campaign in the union territory.
On Nov 7, The delegates has held a press-conference at Bangalore Press Club at 11.30 am before heading out for Puducherry. During the press-conference, the delegates announced the aims and objectives of their visit in the city, introduced Central Tibetan Administration and the urgent situation inside Tibet as well as on their six-days Tibet-advocacy campaign in the city. Thereafter, they engaged in question-answer with the media. Around 20 press-media personnel has attended the conference.