By Tenzin Sangmo
DHARAMSHALA, Feb. 2: In a heightened crackdown on its officials not adhering to party’s ideology, Communist Party of China (CPC) expelled three officials who were found secretly maintaining religious faith and contact with Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama while warning ten other officials, reported Global Times
, Chinese government mouthpiece in English language.
The publicity department of the Regional Commission for Discipline Inspection of Tibet and Tibet television aired a video from January 28-31, a part of a four-episode series that revealed cases in the region where local CPC members violated party regulations on religion, anti-separatism and anti-corruption, according to Global Times.
Regional commission for discipline inspection established an office in 2018 to supervise party discipline.
CPC authorities are highly vigilant of the nationwide campaign to strengthen the party management, and regulated 46 violations by local CPC members, including religious beliefs.
In 2016, Nyalam county police found out that some people have been hiding "politically forbidden objects" in a cave in the Zaxizong village since 2009, said the video that blamed some village officials, including the party chief of the village's CPC branch for having participated in worshipping these “illicit objects”.
Xiong Kunxin, an ethnic studies professor at Tibet University in Lhasa told the Global Times that CPC members are banned from religious beliefs, because they can only believe in Marxism and believing in other religions means betrayal of their chosen belief and it will shake their belief in Marxism and separate them from the party, said the report.
"However, there are some two-faced people in Tibet, who claim loyalty to the party while secretly sympathizing and even working for separatists. The regional government has already identified these people, so it is strengthening its regulation to kick them out," said the Kunxin.
An unnamed official from the regional commission for discipline inspection said in the video, “We must wage a tit-for-tat battle with the Dalai Lama and his group. If any CPC member has the wrong attitude on this subject, it would be a serious problem."