Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday extended his greetings to the people of Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram on their statehood days and heaped praises on their culture and traditions. Both the northeastern states got their statehood on this day in 1987.

“Best wishes to my sisters and brothers of Mizoram on their Statehood Day. The entire nation is proud of the great Mizo culture. The people of Mizoram are known for their kindness and commitment to living in harmony with nature. Praying for the state’s continuous growth,” he said.

In another tweet, PM Modi praised the people of Arunachal Pradesh for their commitment to the country’s development.

“Greetings to the wonderful people of Arunachal Pradesh on the special occasion of their Statehood Day. The people of this state are known for their culture, courage, and a strong commitment to India’s development. May Arunachal Pradesh keeps scaling new heights of progress,” he said.

Arunachal got its statehood on February 20th, 1987. Earlier the state was named as the North-East Frontier Agency (NEFA) during the British Colonial Rule until 1972. Eventually, on January 20, 1972, it became a Union Territory and named Arunachal Pradesh.

The state of Mizoram was previously a part of Assam until 1972, when it was carved out as a Union Territory. In 1986, the Indian Parliament adopted the 53rd amendment of the Indian Constitution, which allowed for the creation of the State of Mizoram on 20 February 1987.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu took to Twitter to greet the people on the occasion of statehood day.

“My warm greetings to beloved people of #ArunachalPradesh on our 35th #StatehoodDay. On this day in 1987, we became full-fledged state of Indian Union. With that came great responsibilities. Let us all work together to make Arunachal a peaceful and prosperous State,” Khandu tweeted.

Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga also tweeted on its statehood day, “Today, as we celebrate the 34th Mizoram State Day, we honor the valuable lives lost in creating today’s Mizoram. Their sacrifices will never be forgotten. Dear friends, let us all work together on our gains and strive forward in creating a model state. State Day Chibai vek ule.”