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Former Manipur CM Rishang Keishing passes away

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.

Aug 23, 2017 09:08 IST
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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.

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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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