Denjong Lhadey delegates meet Home Minister regarding Karmapa’s visit to Sikkim

Gangtok, 13 May:

A delegation of Denjong Lhadey called on Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his residence in New Delhi today, a press release informs.

The delegation also comprised of Sangha MLA, Sonam Lama.

During the meeting, Mr Singh enquired about the schedules of the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje. He requested Mr Lama to urgently convey to Karmapa on his behalf to resume back to India as soon as his ongoing dharma obligations abroad are over so that his much awaited visit to Sikkim could be accomplished without any further delay.

Mr Singh expressed happiness that the travel permission to Karmapa could be achieved in his term. He further assured to undertake every responsibility to ensure the much anticipated Karmapa visit to Sikkim is smooth and successful.

“I appeal all the Sikkimese monks sitting on the ongoing indefinite relay hunger strike at Gangtok to kindly withdraw the strike as the objective has now been realised after the cabinet committee on security had approved the Home Ministry’s proposal to accord free movement to Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje ji across India,” Mr Singh appealed.

“As the Home Minister of this country, it is my commitment and assurance to extend every courtesies and protocols when His Holiness visits Sikkim. I undertake all the responsibilities. I am happy to convey the Sikkimese devotees that His Holiness can visit Sikkim anytime and on any occasions,” he added.

During the meeting, the Denjong Lhadey also presented Thaangka of Buddha Shakyamuni to the Home Minister.

Denjong Lhadey has further announced to withdraw the black flags displayed at the hunger strike site at Bhutia-Lepcha House, Gangtok immediately today.

Once the delegation is back to Sikkim, consultations with all the stakeholders towards giving effect to the appeal of the Home Minister will be initiated, the release reads.