Dalai Lama (left) and Arunachal CM Pema Khandu.

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has congratulated Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the landslide victory in the state Assembly polls.

“Congratulations to you on your party’s victory in the recent elections to the State Assembly. As you know, I very much appreciate your friendship, and the affection and warmth that the people of Arunachal Pradesh have shown me during my visits there,” the Dalai Lama wrote in a letter.

“Last month marked the 60th anniversary of our life in exile. I take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the State government and people of Arunachal Pradesh for their friendship and kindness to the Tibetans settled there,” the spiritual leader said in the letter.

Stating that Arunachal Pradesh has made rapid progress over the years, which will become increasingly meaningful the more it improves the lives of ordinal), people, the Dalai Lama also said, “I wish you every success in meeting the challenges involved in fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the people of Arunachal Pradesh.”

The Dalai Lama also congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) for the ‘sweeping victory’ in the Lok Sabha elections.

“I pray you will be successful in meeting the challenges that lie ahead in fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the people of India. India is one of the great ancient civilizations, a distinctive and fundamental feature of which has been ahimsa and karuna – non-violent conduct motivated by compassion,” the Dalai Lama said.

The democratically elected leader of the Tibetan people, President Lobsang Sangay also extended heartiest congratulations to PM Modi and the NDA.

DAMIEN LEPCHA

Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: lepcharaul@gmail.com

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