IMPHAL, July 17 � Former Manipur Chief Minister Wahengbam Nipamacha Singh passed off at RIMS hospital on Tuesday morning following prolonged illness.
Nipamacha who had a history of hypertension, chronic kidney disease, cardiac problem and stroke was shifted to RIMS hospital on Sunday from Shija hospitals, but breathed his last at around 10.20 am.
Eighty-two year old Nipamacha was born on March 1,1930. He had no children and left behind his wife Longjam Ningol Maipakpi Devi.
He was the Chief Minister from December 1997 to February 2001. He was also elected as Speaker on March 22, 1995 after he became Minister of State for Education (1977-79) and Public Health Engineering and Fisheries.
Nipamacha was the headmaster of Wangoi High School (1964-1971) before he joined active politics by joining Indian National Congress in 1971.
After his mortal remains were taken to his Wangoi village residence, Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh and Speaker Th Lokeshwor led Ministerial delegation accompanied by high ranking police and civil officials paid floral tribute to the departed soul prior to the last rites.
Ibobi expressing condolences at the demise of Nipamacha, said, �The State has lost a seasoned politician.�