Former Chief Minister and Rajya Sabha MP Rishang Keishing remembered on his 6th death anniversary


Imphal: People in Manipur today commemorated the 6th death anniversary of former Chief Minister and former Rajya Sabha MP Rishang Keishing. The Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee organized a memorial event at Congress Bhawan on BT Road to honor the late Congress leader and his remarkable political career. During the event, prominent members of the Congress Party, including CLP leader and former Chief Minister Okram Ibobi, MPCC President K. Meghachandra, CWC Member Gaikhangam, MLA Th. Lokeshwar, and MLA K. Ranjit, paid their respects by offering floral tributes to Rishang Keishing’s photo.

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Rishang Keishing (1920–2017) played a significant role in the state’s political landscape. He was a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) party and served as the Chief Minister of Manipur on three different occasions—first from 1974 to 1977, then from 1980 to 1988, and finally from 1994 to 1997.

He was known for his dedication to the welfare of the people of Manipur during his terms. After serving as Chief Minister, Rishang Keishing entered the national political scene by becoming a member of the Rajya Sabha (the upper house of India’s Parliament). He represented Manipur in the Rajya Sabha for several terms. Rishang Keishing passed away on August 22, 2017, at the age of 97.

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On the sidelines of the memorial event, Okram Ibobi highlighted Rishang Keishing’s significant contributions to protecting the territorial integrity of Manipur and his efforts to promote unity and harmony among the diverse communities in the state. While, MPCC President K. Meghachandra emphasized the importance of holding a regular session of the state assembly rather than an emergency session. He said that a normal session would allow for more comprehensive discussions and deliberations to address the ongoing crisis in the state. Notably, the State Assembly Session that was initially recommended by the State Cabinet did not take place on August 21 as planned.

Meanwhile, Governor of Manipur, Anusuiya Uikey, has put an end to speculation regarding the failure to convene the State Assembly Session by summoning the 4th Session of the Twelfth Manipur Legislative Assembly to meet at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, August 29, at the Assembly Hall.

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