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New Himachal Chief Minister Calls on Dalai Lama

Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Jai Ram Thakur and His Holiness the Dalai Lama during their meeting at His Holiness's office in Dharamsala, HP, India on February 1, 2018. (Photo courtesy: OHHDL)
Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Jai Ram Thakur and His Holiness the Dalai Lama during their meeting at His Holiness’s office in Dharamsala, HP, India on February 1, 2018. (Photo courtesy: OHHDL)

(TibetanReview.net, Feb02, 2018) – Newly elected Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur of Himachal Pradesh has on Jan 31called on Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, at his residence at McLeod Ganj. The Chief Minister’s office said Thakur met the spiritual leader to seek his blessings, reported tribuneindia.com Feb 1.

Thakur was reported to have been accompanied by Cabinet Minister Mr Mahinder Singh.

The Dalai Lama had been out of Dharamshala for nearly a month and half. He had travelled to Tibetan settlements in Karnataka to give religious teachings and for other engagements in the later part of Dec 2017. And he spent most of Jan 2018 at Bodh Gaya in Bihar to give religious teachings and for other public engagements. He returned to Dharamshala on Dec 31 itself, after undergoing a routine medical checkup in New Delhi.

Earlier, on Jan 31, Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Deputy Speaker Acharya Yeshi Phunstok and members of the exile parliament’s Standing Committee paid a courtesy call on the Chief Minister at the Circuit House. The Chief Minister, while assuring continued support for the Tibet issue, was stated to have expressed a wish to be able to attend a Tibetan Parliamentary session in the near future.

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