Mcleodganj: The Dalai Lama congratulated Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Pema Khandu and the Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik on their respective parties’ victories in recent State Assembly elections. In his letter to Pema Khandu he wrote: “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. 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.”
Addressing Naveen Patnaik he remarked: “Over the years, I have been able to visit Odisha quite regularly, and have enjoyed being able to meet and talk with you, as we did most recently in 2017. As you may know, there is a Tibetan Rehabilitation Settlement at Chandragiri in the District of Gajapati. May I, therefore, take this opportunity to express deep appreciation of the warm and friendly way Tibetans have been received there.” He commended both the chief ministers on the progress in improving the lives of people in the recent years, in their respective states, especially of the under-privileged, which he described as wonderful. He wished both Pema Khandu and Naveen Patnaik success in meeting the challenges involved in fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the people of Arunachal Pradesh and Odisha respectively.