Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh urged the people for peaceful, free and fair election, stating that Manipur had experienced enough violence and unrest in the past.
Biren appealed to one and all to not indulge in violence and not let politics divide people.
He was talking to reporters here on Sunday after he paid floral tributes to the memorial and portrait of the Maharaj Gambhir Singh, who spearheaded the war against Awa (Burmese) to end the Seven Years of Devastation in 1826.
The state today paid rich tributes to Maharaj Gambhir Singh on his 188th death anniversary.
The state level observance was organised by the state art and culture department at Maharaj Gambhir Singh Samadhi complex, Canchipur.
A contingent of Manipur Rifles offered guard of honour, gun salute and sounded last post as a mark of respect to Maharaj Gambhir Singh and all those who laid down their lives in the war for the motherland.
The chief minister also offered flowers at the statues of Maharaj Gambhir Singh, Meidingu Narasingh and Sana Herachandra. He offered Tarpan and paid obeisance at Dhop Pala.
He said the people of the current generation need to study the ideals of the forefathers, who did not have any fear to lay down their lives for the motherland, and adopt their patriotic feelings.