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Imphal, Nov 27 – Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on Monday appealed to all ‘to remain united and fight against divisive forces’.

Addressing the golden jubilee celebrations of a newspaper here, he said all organisations and individuals should unitedly try to find a solution to the present situation in the state.

Singh said there are forces trying to disintegrate the integrity of the state and hence people should stand united and fight against such forces.

People, political parties should forget all differences and remain united as the crisis in the state is a major issue.

The Chief Minister highlighted the values of tolerance and inclusivity in Indian democracy and added that the government welcomes all constructive criticism, advice and suggestions.

He 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 Manipur.

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).