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TPIE, Kashag congratulate Fernandes on Rajya Sabha win

August 16, 2009

Phayul
August 14, 2009

Dharamsala, August 14 - Kalon Tripa Prof Samdhong
Rinpoche greeted veteran Indian politician and
long time friend of Tibet, George Fernandes, on
his getting elected to the Rajya Sabha, the upper
house of the Indian parliament.

"We are delighted to learn that you have been
elected unopposed to the upper house of the
Indian parliament. On behalf of the Kashag,
please allow me to express our heartfelt
congratulations to you," Kalon Tripa Prof
Samdhong Rinpoche said in a letter. "We feel that
the Rajya Sabha has gained an enormous asset by your presence."

The Tibetan parliament exile also congratulated
Fernandes in a letter that read, "The Tibetan
Parliament-in-Exile wish to express our heartfelt
best wishes and congratulate you on joining the
August house of the Rajya Sabha."

Deputy Speaker Dolma Gyari said in the letter,
"Your presence in the Indian Parliament continues
to encourage and raise the expectation of
people's world wide who believe in freedom,
democracy and human rights. Our prayers and best wishes are always with you."

The former defense minister of India assumed his
seat in Rajya Sabha after Janta Dal(U) leader
Sharad Yadav resigned the seat on getting elected
to the Lok Sabha, the lower house.

Fernandes, 79, was sworn in as a Rajya Sabha member on August 4, 2009.

Fernandes paid a visit here in June during which
he met with members of the Tibetan parliament and
Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche.
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