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Dharamshala: - Eleven Tibetan NGOs invited Tibetan reporters to attend a press conference on September 6 at Bhagsu Hotel in Dharamsala, northern India, in response to recent alleged accusations against His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet.

The eleven NGOs claimed that accusations that His Holiness has 'withdrawn' (Tibetan: 'shirdu') the Tibetan government-in-exile had been circulated by some individual Tibetans and the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC).

However, when questioned by reporters, the NGOs said they did not have any direct evidence that the TYC had made any statement to this effect, but rather that they were referring to a speech made by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The controversy has arisen against the backdrop of the Tibetan parliament-in-exile's decision to refer to itself as an 'administration'' as opposed to a government.

The eleven plaintive NGOs were: U-Tsang Cholka, Chushi Gangdruk, Dhome Cholka, Dharamshala Dhotoe Cholka, Chigdril Tsokpa, Ngari Chithun Tsokpa, Cholsum Tsokpa, Chabsi Tsondrol Tsokpa, Tsongkhang Kyiduk, Sakhang Kyiduk and Umei Lam Mimang Legulkhang.

On 7 June 2011, TYC vowed to "respect and continue to recognise and retain the name of 'Tibetan Government-in-exile'', at a press conference held at its headquarters, and issued a statement saying it was "highly critical of the 14th Tibetan Parliament-in-exile's decision to change the name of the Tibetan Government-in-exile to Organisation of the Tibetan People."

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