Former Manipur Chief Minister and Rajya Sabha MP Rishang Keishing passed away on Tuesday evening following multiple-organ failure in Imphal. According to a report by Zee News, the 97-year-old Congress leader died at the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences hospital in the capital city at around 6: 30 pm. He was admitted to hospital on July 1 after a significant deterioration in his health condition. The report also states that following his demise, the state government has declared a three-day mourning in Manipur.
Soon after his demise, CM Biren Singh took to Twitter and expressed his grief over the former CM’s death. He tweeted: “I am deeply shocked & full of grief to hear news of demise of pabung Sh Rishang Keishing.Manipur lost a true son of soil. RIP.”
A senior leader of the Congress party, Keishing served as Manipur CM for four terms. Born 25 October 1920, he was the last surviving member of India’s first post-1947 Parliament. Keishing’s term at Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of Indian Parliament ended on April 9, 2014.
Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee too took to Twitter and offered her condolence on the former Manipur CM’s demise. She wrote: “Saddened at the passing of Rishang Keishing a long-serving CM of Manipur in the 1980s,former RS MP.Condolences to his family & wellwishers.”
Congress expressed its condolences on Keishing’s demise. “Condole the passing of former CM of Manipur & Rajya Sabha MP Shri Rishang Keishing. Our prayers and thoughts with his family,” read a tweet from the official Twitter handle of the party.
After his tenure as the Rajya Sabha MP ended in 2014, the oldest Parliamentarian had said that he will not contest an election again. Keishing then handed over the baton to his son Victor Keishing. Keishing started his career as a teacher and was first elected to the Lok Sabha from the reserved seat in 1952.