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.
Rahul Gandhi expressed his condolences on Twitter. His tweet read, “Deeply saddened by the demise of Shri E Ahamed. A veteran parliamentarian& a valued colleague,he served his country with honour &dedication.”
Deeply saddened by the demise of Shri E Ahamed. A veteran parliamentarian& a valued colleague,he served his country with honour &dedication
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) February 1, 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his tribute and said that his continuous efforts for the empowerment of the Muslim community will be remembered.
Modi’s tweets read, “Saddened by the demise of Mr. E Ahamed, a veteran political leader who served the nation with great diligence. My condolences. Mr. E Ahamed devoted significant efforts towards Kerala’s progress. 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.”