The Statesman – Tibetans urge Narendra Modi to take up issue of Tibet with Xi Jinping

The National Convener of Core Group for Tibetan Cause, RK Khrimey said the unresolved question of Tibet is a matter of great concern not only to the Tibetans in their homeland and in exile but also to India and rest of the world.

Shimla – Himachal Pradesh – India, 10 October 2019. The Core Group for Tibetan Cause on Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take up the issue of Tibet with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the informal summit at Mamallapuram near Chennai on 11 and 12 October.

The National Convener of Core Group for Tibetan Cause, RK Khrimey said the unresolved question of Tibet is a matter of great concern not only to the Tibetans in their homeland and in exile but also to India and rest of the world.

“Unfortunate self-immolation by over 153 Tibetans inside Tibet since 2009 is a clear indication of the gravity of human rights situation in Tibet under Chinese rule,” he said, adding Chinese government must take steps to improve the human rights situation.

He said the Chinese government must immediately stop the religious and cultural repression in Tibet.

Further, the dialogue between representatives of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama and the People’s Republic of China which has been suspended since 2010, should be resumed as soon as possible without further delay.

“We would like to request to build pressure upon the Chinese authorities to stop disturbing the fragile ecology of the Tibetan plateau by bringing together all the riparian states affected by such activities,” he added.

Khrimey said PM Modi has not only brought a transformation of the plight of Indian community but created a new dimension from India to Bharat.

He said having stated this, while initiating the dialogue with Xi Jinping, Modi must also take up the issue of Tibetan students who have been living and pursuing their studies in Tibet.

The students have been unnecessarily put on house arrest, blockading their usual movement and unnecessarily questioned their motives and aspiration, he said, adding the arrested students must be released immediately.

“The Constitution of India ensures us the right to protest against the injustices prevailing hitherto despite any indulgence of political and social powers. The same rights are equally applied to Tibetans as well.

Over 60 years of their existence in India as a refugee, the successive Indian government has never crushed their voices but we are tortured for protest in the street against injustices impinged upon Tibetans inside Tibet by Chinese government,” he added.

Tibetans urge Narendra Modi to take up issue of Tibet with Xi Jinping

The Hindu – BJP offered Rs 10 crore each to 7 MLAs to quit party: AAP

Sisodia claims party offering money to more AAP legislators, but won’t be successful

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New Delhi – India, 02 May 2019. The Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday alleged that seven of its MLAs were approached with an offer of Rs 10 crore each by the BJP to leave the party before the Lok Sabha election.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia claimed that the BJP was talking to more AAP MLAs, but insisted that its mission would not be successful. “People from the BJP contacted seven AAP MLAs and said that if they leave the party before the Lok Sabha election, they will give them Rs 10 crore each. They are talking to more, but the seven have told us,” he said.

“I want to tell the BJP, [party president] Amit Shah and [Prime Minister Narendra] Modi ji, don’t try to buy AAP MLAs and fight election; if you have courage, fight election on issues. You will try to buy them and they will tell us [about it]. You can’t buy AAP MLAs,” he asserted.

Mr Sisodia said Mr Modi should be “ashamed”, referring to the latter’s earlier comment that 40 Trinamool Congress MLAs in West Bengal were in touch with him.

“Is it right for the Prime Minister to say that? He is saying it openly that to weaken democracy he is going to buy 40 MLAs. He should be ashamed. There [West Bengal] he wants to buy TMC MLAs, in Delhi, the BJP wants to buy AAP MLAs,” the AAP leader said.

He said the BJP has no issues to fight the election in Delhi. “They were able to get one of our MLAs from Bawana before the MCD elections, but people taught the BJP a lesson. If you have any agenda to change the country, then fight the election on it,” Mr Sisodia said. “Modi ji, if you have done anything for the people in the last five years, then fight the election on it,” he added.

AAP leader Gopal Rai said the alleged attempt to buy legislators showed that the BJP’s seven candidates in Delhi are going to lose. “The BJP’s actions show that it does not believe in democracy. Delhiites will reply like they did in Bawana [bypoll which AAP won by a huge margin],” he said.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who took out his first election roadshow in Delhi on Wednesday, said, “In the last three days seven of our MLAs have said that BJP people have contacted them and offered Rs 10 crore to break them. This is not becoming of a Prime Minister.” When asked whether AAP had any proof, Mr. Kejriwal said, “Will give all proof on time.”

Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari dismissed AAP’s claim as a “joke”. “Are they the same seven [AAP MLAs] who beat up Kejriwal a week ago,” he said, denying any such attempt by the BJP to poach seven AAP legislators.

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