Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh led hundreds of people in paying tributes to former chief minister and parliamentarian Rishang Keishing, who was laid to rest with full state honours at his residence at Mantripukhri in Imphal East District on 24 August.
Among others, Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar, Ministers, MLAs, top civil and police officers and a large number of people and well-wishers also took take part in paying last respect to the late parliamentarian.
An IRB contingent performed guard of honour and offered gun salute in honour of the former Chief Minister. The gathering also observed a two-minute silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul.
Giving a brief speech prior to the funeral service there, Chief Minister N. Biren said that during his last meeting with the veteran politician in RIMS Hospital a few weeks back, Rishang Keishing expressed profound satisfaction to him for his efforts towards restoring the hill-valley rapport under the slogan, 'Go to the Hills'.
The chief minister remembered the late leader as a cool, gentle and bright leader, who put in relentless efforts to sustain unity and integrity of the state.
Stating that he would never forget his last words and advices, the Chief Minister said that he would try his level best to make Rishang's principles and wishes a reality.
He would be ever remembered as an ideal Parliamentarian and a high-principled Chief Minister forever by the country, the chief minister said.
N. Biren said that, Rishang made significant contribution to the progress of the state.
On behalf of the state government and people of Manipur, the chief minister also shared his grief with the bereaved family.