Dalai Lama accepts invitation to visit Arunachal

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Itanagar, May 13: Tibetan Spiritual Guru the Dalai Lama has accepted the invitation of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu to visit the state in November or December this year.

Official sources said here today that Mr Khandu, accompanied by a nine-member delegation, comprising state Legislators and MPs, had a meeting with the Dalai Lama at the latter's official residence at McLeodganj, Dharmasala, Himachal Pradesh.

Mr Khandu, however, informed that the sole purpose of the meeting was to have a 'darshan' of the monk.

The Chief Minister also expressed unhappiness over the present situation in Tibet during the delegation's hour-long interaction with the Dalai Lama.

The delegation included Lok Sabha MP Kiren Rijiju, state Home Minister Jarbom Gamlin and MLA Tsewang Dhondup.

The Dalai Lama was invited to inaugurate a Rs 3.45 crore hospital in Tawang for which he had contributed Rs 20 lakh during his last visit in 2003.

The Chief Minister had contributed Rs 90 lakh for the hospital, which was constructed by a committee, led by Mr Dhondup.


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