Bhubaneswar: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama today lavished praise on Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, saying “people’s trust and respect” has brought him to power repeatedly.
The 82-year-old Buddhist monk, who is on a two-day Odisha visit, met Patnaik at latter’s residence here where the two were seen praising each other’s works.
“People’s trust, respect has won him (Patnaik) repeatedly. He is one of the longest serving Chief Ministers and I admire him,” the Nobel Peace Prize-winning spiritual leader told media.
According to a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office, the spiritual leader, who spent around 25 minutes at Naveen Niwas, also praised Naveen’s working style and the way he had been performing his duties.
On his part, Naveen said, “I am honoured that his Holiness Dali Lama is visiting Odisha, and, it is the second time that I met him as Chief Minister of the State.”
Speaking on India-China relations, the spiritual leader said: “Small incidents like the Dokalam stand-off would happen but India and China need each other and should live peacefully.”
He further said that the Dokalam issue between the two countries is “not important”.
Worth mentioning, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate will be conferred with the 10th KISS Humanitarian Award at a glittering ceremony on November 21.
Dalai Lama will be the first Nobel Prize awardee to get the KISS Humanitarian Award. He will address the 27,000 tribal children of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS).