Manipur: India's oldest MP from Ukhrul District, Rishang Keishing passes away!

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Keishing who hailed from Bungpa village in the Ukhrul district of Manipur was born to Rungdi Keishing and Mungshingla Keishing.

Following his demise, the Manipur government declared a three-day mourning in the state.

The body was later taken to his residence at Mantripukhri and the last rites will be performed tomorrow, said his son former Congress MLA Victor Keishing. Congress president Sonia Gandhi also expressed condolence, saying she is deeply saddened by the demise of one of the senior most leaders with a sterling record of public service of almost 70 years. "He was MP since 1952, the first Lok Sabha from Manipur". The former chief minister is survived by two sons and four daughters.

He completed BA from St Paul's Cathedral College, Kolkata.

Former Chief Minister of Manipur Rishang Keishing died at Imphal's Regional Institute of Medical Sciences on Tuesday after suffering multi-organ failure. Keishing's term at Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of Indian Parliament ended on April 9, 2014.

Rishang also participated in the freedom struggle and attended meetings, etc as a student during 1945-47.He was imprisoned during the Socialist party's agitation for the merger of Manipur with the Union of India, 1949.

"The demise of Mr. Rishang Keishing leaves a great void in the politics of the Northeast, a region he served with great diligence". After three months, the ministry fell and the Assembly was dissolved.

"Rishang Keishing was a people's man and a pragmatic leader. My thoughts are with his family in this hour of grief", he tweeted.

He won the seat seven times and became the state's longest-serving chief minister. "Condolences to his family and wellwishers", Mamata said in a tweet.

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