IMPHAL, March 31 - The Manipur Government today announced a three-day mourning (till Monday) as a mark of respect for the departed soul of former Chief Minister RK Dorendro. The State Government has also announced the closure of all offices in memory of the ex-Chief Minister.
Dorendro, who was the Chief Minister of Manipur for three terms, passed away following prolonged illness on Friday here. He was 84 and is survived by his wife, two sons and as many daughters. He was the Chief Minister from December 6, 1974 to May 16, 1977; from January 14, 1980 to November 27, 1980; and from April 8, 1992 to April 11, 1993. Before becoming the Chief Minister, he was the Speaker of the Manipur Assembly in 1974.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh led hundreds of people in paying tribute to the former Chief Minister who was laid to rest with full State honours at Moirangkhom. Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar, Speaker Y Khemchand, ministers, MLAs, top civil and police officers and a large number of people and well-wishers took part in the last rites ceremony.
A Manipur Rifles contingent performed the guard of honour and offered a 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.
Speaking to media persons, the Chief Minister termed Dorendro�s death as a great loss not only for the State but also for the whole country. The late leader will be always remembered as a respected person and great politician, he added.
The Chief Minister also remembered the advice and suggestions made by the late leader on various issues of the State such as the ILP movement, etc.