CTA condoles demise of “dear friend Mulayam Singh Yadav”, former Indian Defence Minister
DHARAMSALA, 11 Oct: The Central Tibetan Administration(CTA), commonly known as the Tibetan government in exile has condoled the demise of “a dear friend of the Tibetan people” Mulayam Singh Yadav who passed away on Monday morning at a Gurugram hospital after a prolonged illness at the age of 82.
“On behalf of the Central Tibetan Administration and the Tibetan people, I extend our deepest condolences on the passing of your beloved father, Shri Mulayam Singh Yadav Ji, the former Indian Defence Minister and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh”, the Officiating CTA President, Security Minister Gyari Dolma has said in a missive addressed to Akhilesh Yadav, son of the deceased.
Expressing the Kashag’s(Tibetan Cabinet) gratitude to the former Indian Defence Minister and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, for supporting Tibet’s cause and advocating for Tibet in the Indian parliament, the Security Minister has stated that “Shri Mulayam Singh Yadav Ji was both a distinguished statesman of India and a friend of the Tibetan people. We remain eternally grateful for his support for the Tibet cause. Once again, please accept our deepest condolences and prayers”.
In 2017, the Former defence minister of India called on the Indian government to reverse its stand on the Tibet issue and support its independence.
He acknowledged that accepting China’s sovereignty over Tibet was a blunder and called on New Delhi to right the wrong in the Indian Parliament.
The Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav served as India’s defence minister from 1996 to 1998, and chief minister of Uttar Pradesh thrice in 1989-91, 1993-95, and 2003-07.