Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh appealed to all sections of the society to stand united to find a solution to the present situation in the Northeast state.
The chief minister made the appeal during the 50th jubilee celebration of Sanaleibak daily newspaper at Sangai Hall of Hotel Imphal on November 27.
Speaking as the chief guest of the celebrations attended by leaders, editors, intellectuals, entrepreneurs, civil society organization leaders, media persons among others, chief minister Biren Singh appealed to all sections of the society including the leaders, media persons, academicians, politicians to unite and understand the issues at hand to find a solution.
N Biren Singh stressed that there will be forces trying to disintegrate the integrity of the state, but the people should stand unitedly.
“Let political differences remain as political issues, but when the issue at hand is national or state unity, all differences should be dismissed”, he said, adding that this is not the time for bickering amongst ourselves.
The chief minister then highlighted the values of tolerance and inclusivity in Indian democracy and added that the government welcomes all constructive criticism, advice and suggestions.
On the present issue in the state, Biren Singh said that the government cannot allow any threat to the unity of the state or to disintegrate the 34 or so communities residing together in the state.
Acknowledging the difficulties of the journalists, the chief minister also appealed to the publishers to work towards their welfare. He highlighted some efforts taken up by the government for the welfare of the fraternity including increase in pension amount and coverage of all journalists under the Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT).
N Biren Singh further sought support and cooperation of the people and further wished success to the Sanaleibak newspaper.