Former Manipur CM Rishang Keishing Passes Away At 97

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| August 23 , 2017 , 09:14 IST

Veteran Congress leader and former Manipur Chief Minister Rishang Keishing died at the age of 97 years on Tuesday at the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Imphal.

Known as the grand old man of Manipur, Keishing was a freedom fighter and a member of India's first parliament from 1952-57 and retired from the Rajya Sabha as its oldest member in 2014. He served as the Chief Minister of Manipur for 4 terms from 1980 to 1988 and 1995 to 1998 and was an MLA for 7 terms and a Rajya Sabha member for 2 terms.

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Born in the present-day Ukhrul district of Manipur on October 25, 1920, Keishing began his career as a primary teacher in his native village at the tender age of 16 years but soon quit to pursue his studies further. He witnessed the freedom struggle as a college student in Kolkata and got elected for his first term in the Lok Sabha in 1952 as a candidate of the Socialist Party. In 1964, he joined the Congress party at the invitation of the great Jawaharlal Nehru himself. There was no turning back for Keishing who rose steadily to the position of chief minister of Manipur.

The death of Keishing was condoled by other political leaders on Twitter: