Political leaders across the political spectrum condoled the death of veteran Congressman and four-time Manipur Chief Minister Rishang Keishing at the age of 98.
Condoling the death of Keishing, Union Home Minister Rajnath singh said Rishang Keishing was a towering leader who believed in social harmony and clean politics.
“Shri Rishang Keishing was a towering leader from Manipur who believed in humanity, social harmony & clean politics. I’m pained by his demise.” Singh tweeted.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi said she was deeply saddened by the demise of one of the senior most leaders with a sterling record of public service of nearly 70 years and who was member of India’s first Parliament’.
“With his death, we have lost an important connect with our glorious past that will be hard to recoup,” she said in a statement.
Gandhi offered her prayers and condolences to friends, family and people of Manipur at this loss and hoped that his good work and endearing commitment to people will always find a place in the working of future generations.
Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said: “Deeply saddened to hear the demise of Sh Rishang Keishing ji. He was MP since 1952, the first Lok Sabha from Manipur.”
Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla tweeted: “The demise of former CM of Manipur & Rajya Sabha MP Shri Rishang Keishing is saddening. My deepest condolences. May his soul rest in peace.”
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh called Keishing a “true son of the soil”.
“I am deeply shocked & full of grief to hear news of demise of pabung Sh Rishang Keishing.Manipur lost a true son of soil. RIP,” he said.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sent her condolences to the departed leader’s family.
“Saddened at the passing of Rishang Keishing a long-serving CM of Manipur in the 1980s, former RS MP. Condolences to his family & well wishers,” she said.
The Congress twitter handle said: “Condole the passing of former CM of Manipur & Rajya Sabha MP Shri Rishang Keishing. Our prayers and thoughts with his family.”
Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeliang also took to Twitter to condole Keishing’s demise and said Northeast India has lost a great soul.
“My deepest condolences to the bereaved family of Shri. Rishang Keishing, former MP RS and CM of Manipur.#NEIndia lost a great soul. RIP.” Zeliang tweeted.
Rishang Keishing passed away on Tuesday at 8: 15 pm due multiple organs failure at the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal.
(With inputs from Agencies)