RJD MP Mohammad Taslimuddin died on Sunday Chennai’s Apollo Hospital, where he was admitted on 26 August after developing breathing problem.
Expressing his condolences, Lalu said, “Tribute and condolences to the untimely death of Mohammad Taslimuddin sahab. His death has caused a huge loss to the RJD family.”
राजद सांसद मो.तस्लीमुद्दीन साहब के असामायिक निधन पर गहरी संवेदना व विनम्र श्रद्धांजलि ! उनके निधन से राजद परिवार को अपूर्णीय क्षति हुई है।
— Lalu Prasad Yadav (@laluprasadrjd) September 17, 2017
74-year-old Taslimuddin was a Lok Sabha member from Araria in Bihar. He was in Chennai in connection with a Lok Sabha committee meeting.
LJP chief and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said he was saddened by the demise of Taslimuddin who was known for his “frank” and “candid remarks”.
JD(U) spokesman Ajay Alok said Taslimuddin’s death is a big loss in politics. He was an efficient and intrepid leader who achieved a lot besides creating awareness among the minorities.
“The party held a condolence meeting here to pay homage to the departed leader who had been a big leader of social justice movement. Taslimuddin was a big leader in Seemanchal area and it will be difficult to fill the void created by his death in politics and party,” RJD Bihar unit president Ramchandra Purve said.
Taslimuddin, who was a prominent Muslim leader hailing from Seemanchal area in Bihar, has been an eight-time MLA besides being a five-time MP. He also served as union minister of state for home in the past.
Taslimuddin started his political career as a sarpanch.
He became a mukhiya before being elected to the Bihar Assembly in 1969 for the first time.
Soon after assuming office in the central government as MoS, home affairs, in 1996, he had threatened to open the cases related to the Babri Masjid demolition involving LK Advani and other prominent BJP leaders.
This had prompted the saffron party leaders to stall the functioning of parliament leading to his resignation.