The BJP, which suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of JD(U)-led Grand Secular Alliance in the Assembly polls, on its part played down the statement by the Dalai Lama, a Nobel Peace laureate, saying Bihar for long has seen communal harmony.
"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 in Jalandhar on Saturday without naming any political party or leader.
Terming the remarks of the Dalai Lama as an attack on 'extremist elements', JD(U) leader KC Tyagi said the Tibetan spiritual leader has been in India for long and is aware of the Indian culture.

"The statement made by him has given a strong and befitting reply to the extremist groups in India. The results of the Bihar polls show that forces of tolerance are not only active but are in majority," he told reporters.
He pointed out that President Pranab Mukherjee too has flagged the issue of intolerance and the Bihar verdict has proved that 'intolerance has been defeated'.

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