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Exiled Tibetans debate with PM aspirants in Dharamsala

September 14, 2010

Thaindian News
September 12, 2010

Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh), Sept.12 (ANI) --
The National Democratic Party of Tibet (NDPT)
organized a debate here on Saturday as a part of
a campaign to decide who will be the next Prime Minister-in-exile.

The aspirants to the post of ‘Kalon Tripa,' -
Kasur Tethong Tenzin Namgyal and Lobsang Sangay
debated and also took questions from the audience
on a range of issues related to the Tibetan cause.

"Both (the candidates) answered in the same
manner, that they both will work under the
guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and their
political stand will be middle-way approach," said Yangzom, a Tibetan exile.

"The general election is very soon (to come), so
many Tibetan people are so excited and they want
to know so many things from the candidate. So, we
brought them in front of the Tibetan public, so
that the Tibetan public can see and they can ask
many questions and they can say whatever they
want, whatever they want to know," said Chimme, President, NDPT.

The first round of campaigning included tours and
democracy awareness talks in about 21 places all over the India.

An estimated 80,000 Tibetans arrived in India
along with the Dalai Lama after an abortive
uprising against the Chinese rule in 1959 and
over the years their numbers have swelled.

China accuses the Dalai Lama of seeking
independence for Tibet, but he says he only wants
autonomy for the Tibetan people.

The Dalai Lama has in recent years called for
limited autonomy for Tibet, but some Tibetans demand full independence. (ANI)
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