By Choekyi Lhamo
DHARAMSHALA, Sept 16: Three months into the parliamentary deadlock, the elected representatives of the 17th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile are set to meet on Sept. 27 to deliberate on ways to resolve the ongoing crisis that started from June 8. The impasse is a result of parliamentarians splitting up for two oath-taking ceremonies; 21 MPs took oath from the Pro-tem Speaker Dawa Tsering as mandated by the Charter, whereas 22 MPs took oath in front of His Holiness’ portrait and the Charter.
The ‘internal meeting’ was initially deemed to be a secret meeting, but was revealed into the public domain after the letter sent to each of the elected representatives was leaked earlier this week. The short letter written by the five elected representatives from abroad called all the parliamentarians for an in-person meeting to be held in the CTA compound in Dharamshala. Parliamentary Secretary Tsewang Ngodup said that they are currently under the process of contacting the respective elected officials over the matter.
The Australasia representative Tenzin Phuntsok Doring who declined to speak to Phayul told VoT earlier that the meeting would ideally have all the 45 elected MPs in Dharamshala by the 25th of this month to discuss the possibilities for a way forward. “We have been able to organize this meeting but the responsibility falls on all the members to resolve this crisis,” he said.
“It is high time for the members to come together for an informed resolution, as there has been a lot of confusion among the public. The US government had also recently sent a letter of concern, and even though the Indian government hasn’t made any official statement, it is clear that they are also keen to know. Sikyong’s statement [on Democracy Day] had also noted that Tibetans inside Tibet had been distressed about the matter,” he further remarked.
The 17th Tibetan parliament is yet to appoint the new Speaker, and approve the Kalons or the ministers of the respective departments under CTA. Phayul tried to contact several elected representatives from both the sides for comments, but all of them declined to respond.