Currying favour with Buddhist voters, BJP & Congress make beeline for the Dalai Lama ahead of polls

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Shimla: While addressing an election meeting in Mandi Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invoked the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, accusing the rival Congress of “being afraid to take his name”.

“I often talk to the Dalai Lama. He represents our vibrant culture and our government has worked to promote this culture,” Modi said at Mandi’s Paddal ground.

The address came on a day when Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister and Congress leader Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu met the Dalai Lama at the latter’s residence along with Davinder Jaggi, the party candidate for Dharamshala in the bypoll for the assembly seat.

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