Dalai Lama at the National Prayer Breakfast
The Dalai Lama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, fled into exile in India in 1959 after an abortive uprising against Communist rule.Reuters

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has lashed out at Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama for his remarks about the Bihar elections result.

The Nobel Laureate, who was visiting a college in Jalandhar, told reporters India "has a long tradition of peace and amity".

"The people of Bihar in the recent Assembly polls have proved that a large section of the Hindu community still believes in peace and amity," the 14th Dalai Lama had said without naming any political party or leader.

BJP leader Swamy told ANI the Dalai Lama's statement was not only uncalled for but also showed his ignorance. "His comments were uncalled for, it shows ignorance on his part," Swamy told ANI.

The Dalai Lama's statement, however, has been highly praised by both the Janata Dal-United and the Congress and called it a befitting reply to extremist groups in India.

"I appreciate the comment made by religious leader Dalai Lama. He has been in India for a long while and so, he is aware of the Indian culture. The statement made by him has given a strong and befitting reply to the extremist groups in India," JD-U leader K C Tyagi told ANI.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit said the Dalai Lama's statement shows peace has won in Bihar.

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