New Delhi, 23 August(Wishav Warta): Congress President Sonia Gandhi condolence the demise of former Manipur chief minister Rishang Keishing, who passed away at the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Imphal, on Tuesday evening. The Congress president said that she was “deeply saddened by the demise of one of the senior most leaders with a sterling record of public service of nearly 70 years and who was a member of India’s first Parliament.”
“In his death, we have lost an important connection with our glorious past that will be hard to recoup,” she said. Sonia offered her prayers and condolence to Keishing’s friends and family and the people of Manipur at this loss and hoped that his good work and endearing commitment to people would always find a place in the working of future generations.
Former Manipur chief minister and a member of the first Lok Sabha Keishing passed away yesterday following a brief illness. The veteran Congress leader was 96. Keishing, a Naga, served as the chief minister of Manipur from 1980 to 1988 and from 1994 to 1997.
Keishing was hospitalized on July 1. He is survived by two sons and four daughters.
Keishing, who hailed from the Bungpa village in Manipur’s Ukhrul district, was elected to the Lok Sabha in the first Parliamentary elections held in 1952.