Former Union minister and Muslim league leader E. Ahamed passes away

Wednesday, Feb 1, 2017,9:40 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Former Union minister and Indian Union Muslim League leader E Ahamed has passed away early today after he suffered a cardiac arrest, a senior doctor has confirmed.
The 78-year-old Ahamed died at 2:15 am at RML hospital where he was admitted yesterday and put on artificial life support.
“E Ahamed has passed away at 2:15 am. His body has been taken to AIIMS hospital for embalming (a method to preserve a corpse from decaying) as the facility is not available at RML,” a senior RML doctor told PTI.
Ahamed’s body will be taken to Kerala later today.
The MP from Kerala’s Mallapuram suffered a cardiac arrest during the President’s address to the joint sitting of Parliament yesterday.
At around 2.15 PM, he was shifted to the RML trauma centre’s ICU where he was put on ventilator and breathed his last.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi, party vice president Rahul Gandhi, leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, besides other party leaders had rushed to the hospital late at night and met Ahamed’s family.
Ahamed’s family had alleged that they were not allowed to meet the leader.

Modi Condoles
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the demise of E Ahamed and said his efforts for empowerment of the Muslim community will be remembered.
“Saddened by the demise of Mr. E Ahamed, a veteran political leader who served the nation with great diligence. My condolences,” he tweeted.
He said Ahamed devoted significant efforts towards Kerala’s progress and his role in deepening India’s ties with West Asia was notable.
“The continuous efforts of Mr. E Ahamed for the empowerment of the Muslim community will be remembered,” Modi added.

Sonia expresses grief
Congress President Sonia Gandhi condoled the demise of E Ahamed, remembering him as an outstanding Parliamentarian.
“He was a committed democrat and beloved leader of Kerala, whose simple lifestyle and commitment to the cause of people was an example to an entire generation,” Gandhi said.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi also expressed condolences on the Kerala leader’s death.
“Deeply saddened by the demise of Shri E Ahamed. A veteran parliamentarian& a valued colleague, he served his country with honour & dedication.
“My thoughts & prayers are with his family & loved ones in this time of grief,” he said in a tweet.