While addressing Maha Jagran Rally in Guwahati on Saturday, Modi had lauded Sikkim's achievement in tourism sector and described the state as a ‘gem' of the nation.
"The NE states were known as seven sisters. After Sikkim's inclusion in the list, I call them Ashta Laksmis (eight gems) ", Modi had said.
According to a news report, Chamling said that "such appraisal will support and encourage state government".
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