Former Manipur Chief Minister Rishang Keishing passed away on 22 August 2017 following a brief illness. He was 96. He is survived by two sons and four daughters.
A freedom fighter and member of India's first parliament (1952-57), Keishing served as the Chief Minister of Manipur from 1980 to 1988 and from 1994 to 1997.
About Rishang Keishing
• Keishing hailed from Bungpa village in Ukhrul district.
• He was elected to the Lok Sabha in the first parliamentary elections held in 1952.
• He had also represented Manipur in Rajya Sabha.
• He won Lok Sabha elections from Manipur Outer constituency in 1957 and 1962 as a Socialist Party candidate.
• In 1964, he joined the Congress party at the invitation of Jawaharlal Nehru.
• He retired from the Rajya Sabha as its oldest member in 2014 after serving two terms since being elected to the upper house in 2002.
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