Fiona Ma for State Assembly

California State Assembly welcomes Rajasthan Speaker Shekhawat

California State Assembly Speaker John Perez, Assembly Speaker pro Tempore Fiona Ma welcomed Deependra Singh Shekhawat Speaker of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly, India accompanied by H.R. Kuri, Secretary of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly, India to the State Assembly chambers in Sacramento on Thursday, October 7th.

In a reception befitting the stature of the Rajasthan Assembly Speaker, Assembly member Pro Temp Speaker announced his presence on the floor in Sacramento, where the intense California State Budget discussions were taking place. "Speaker Shedkhawat was welcomed by all those assembled and several legislators made it a point to meet and greet the delegates in spite of their busy schedule" said Jaxi "Jay" Bharwad of San Francisco, instrumental in arranging the reception and visit for the Rajasthan Speaker.

On Wednesday, October 6th, San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty held a reception with Singh Shekhawat on the occasion of their visit to San Francisco on Wednesday. The reception by the Office of Supervisor Bevan Dufty San Francisco City Hall was attended by an invited group of community leaders, civic officials and politicos capping off an eventful week for the delegation.

Jay Bjarwad along with Ash Bhatt, Haresh Panchal were in attendance where Speaker of CA Assembly also welcomed the Rajasthan delegation Bharwad added that, "With a significant reception and honored meeting, the Rajasthan politicos were very pleased and already talks are underway to arrange a high power delegation business, civic and culture etc from California to Rajasthan."

Panchal, Bharwad and others are encouraging businesspeople and others interested to come forward and accord this exchange with maturity and dignity and impressed on local community that one has to step beyond the usual Bollywood films and party type atmosphere which pervades even when high-placed dignitaries arrive from India.