New Delhi — As part of the lobby campaign initiated by the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, a delegation of visiting parliamentarians held an unprecedented number of meetings with over 40 Indian representatives from 11 political parties across 18 states, and three union ministers from November 25th through the 28th, all calling for continued support on the Tibet issue.
During the meetings, the delegation explained the grave political and human rights situation prevailing inside Tibet including the wave of self-immolation protests since 2009. They also distributed booklets on the self-immolations and the critical political situation in Tibet.
The visiting delegation was led by Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok along with members of the Tibetan Parliament’s Standing Committee; Lopon Thubten Gyaltsen and Mr Kunchok Yangphel, with Ms Tenzin Choedon, Joint Secretary at the Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat.
The delegation met several Indian MPs including Shri. Adv. Narendra Keshave Sawaikar, member of Lok Sabha; Shri. Dharambir Singh, member of Lok Sabha; Shri. Sumedhadand Saraswati, member of Lok Sabha; Smt. Viplove Thakur, member of Rajya Sabha; Shri. Dr. Abishek Sanghvi, member of Rajya Sabha; Shri. Mahendra Pandey, BJP Office Secretary; Shri. A.K. Anthony, member of Rajya Sabha and former Defence Minister of India; Shri. Dr. Bhola Singh, member of Lok Sabha; Shri. Dr. Kirit Premjibhai Solanki, member of Lok Sabha; Shri. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, member of Lok Sabha; Shri. Kunwar Hari Bansh Singh, member of Lok Sabha and Shri. Parvesh Sahib Singh, member of Lok Sabha.
The parliamentarians of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have expressed their respect for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and their strong support for Tibet and the Tibetan people.