Dharamsala: The Dalai Lama on Monday pressed the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile to accept his resignation as Tibetan political leader. He warned that any delay could create uncertainty and pose an overwhelming challenge.

The 75-year-old Nobel Peace Laureate in a letter made a formal request to be relieved, four days after he publicly announced his retirement plan.

 The letter was read out by Penpa Tsering, Speaker of the Assembly of the Tibetan People’s Deputies (ATPD), on the opening day of its budget session in this hill town in Himachal Pradesh. The session will conclude on March 25.

The Nobel Laureate said, "If we have to remain in exile for several more decades, a time will inevitably come when I will no longer be able to provide leadership. Therefore, it is necessary that we establish a sound system of governance while I remain able and healthy, in order that the exile Tibetan administration can become self-reliant rather than being dependent on the Dalai Lama.”

The Dalai said he wished to devolve authority solely for the benefit of the Tibetan people in the long run. "It is extremely important that we ensure the continuity of our exiled Tibetan administration and our struggle until the issue of Tibet has been successfully resolved. My intention to devolve political authority derives neither from a wish to shirk responsibility nor because I am disheartened and on the contrary, I wish to devolve authority solely for the benefit of the Tibetan people in the long run," the Dalai, who had come to India in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule, said.

The Dalai had on Thursday announced his decision to retire as political head of Tibetan government-in-exile and to hand over his ‘formal authority’ to a freely-elected leader.

The 14th Assembly Tibetan People’s Deputies (ATPD) would discuss the message of Dalai Lama during the current budget session which would continue till March 25.

Maintaining that one man rule was both anachronistic and undesirable, the Dalai Lama in his message said, "No system of governance can ensure stability and progress if it depends solely on one person without the support and participation" of all.

"We have made great efforts to strengthen our democratic institutions to serve the long-term interests of the six million Tibetans, not out of a wish to copy others, but because democracy is the most representative system of governance," the Dalai Lama said.

(Agencies)