No official campaign demanding Bharat Ratna for Dalai Lama: RSS
RSS spokesperson Rajiv Tuli was quoted saying as, "We have not started any official campaign demanding Bharat Ratna for the Dalai Lama. These decisions are taken by government."
Last week, when Dalai Lama was scheduled to visit Tawang in West Kameng district in Arunachal Pradesh, Lhundup Chosang, an RSS leader from the state, made the statement.
Chosang was quoted saying to a news agency, "We have so far collected some 5,000 signatures. We will submit our plea to Prime Minister Narendra Modi after getting 25,000 signatures."
Chosang further said, "Besides, the Dalai Lama deserves the Bharat Ratna as he has said that he is a son of India and feels honoured to be the longest serving guest of this great country."
In November 2016, the BJP MP and former chief minister Shanta Kumar had also demanded Bharat Ratna for the Dalai Lama.
Dalai Lama received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.