(TibetanReview.net, Dec06, 2015) – The Tibetan parliament-in-Exile on Dec 4 hosted a luncheon for the members of the Himachal Pradesh State assembly members, including the state’s government ministers, at the Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha, Dharamshala. Prominent among those who attended the luncheon were the state’s Chief Minster Mr Virbhadra Singh, Irrigation & Public Health Minister Ms Vidya Stokes, Speaker of the Assembly Mr Brij Bihari lal Butail, Deputy Speaker Mr Jagat Singh Negi, and Representative of the BJP party Ms Sarveen Chaudhary.
The assembly has been holding its winter session at Dharamshala, which is the state’s winter capital.
Speaking at the luncheon, the Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Mr Penpa Tsering, said the luncheon, hosted with the permission of Mr Butail, was part of events to commemorate the 80th birth year of Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. He reiterated the Tibetan people’s gratitude to the government and people of India, especially Himachal Pradesh, for their care and hospitality to the Tibetan people.
The executive head of the exile Tibetan administration, Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, whose cabinet colleagues also attended the luncheon, seconded Mr Penpa Tsering’s words of gratitude.
Mr Butail expressed happiness that “our government has been able to preserve a little Tibet in Dharamshala.”