Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel condoles demise of India’s former defence minister Mulayam Singh Yadav

DHARAMSALA, 11 Oct: The Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile(TPIE) has extended his heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of former Defense Minister of India Mulayam Singh Yadav and thanked him for championing the Tibetan issue in the Indian parliament. 

“I am saddened to learn the demise of your beloved father Shri Mulayam Singh Yadav Ji, former Defense Minister, former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and the founder-patron of the Samajwadi Party’’, Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel has said in a missive addressed to his son Shri Akhilesh Yadav, MP Lok Sabha.

Extending his deepest condolence to the former defence minister’s son and his family on behalf of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and Tibetan People, he added: “May the Almighty bestow you the inner strength to endure this great loss and grief at this difficult time.”

The Speaker also thanked “Shri Mulayam Ji for his unwavering concern and solidarity with the Tibetan Struggle by constantly raising the issue of Tibet in the Indian Parliament.”

“The best way to keep him in our memory would be adhering to his great principles and values.”

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 82-year-old Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav passed away on Monday morning at a Gurugram hospital after a prolonged illness. 

He 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.

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