Condolences pour in as CK Jaffer Sharief dies at 85


Former Union Railway Minister and veteran Congress leader CK Jaffer Sharief dies on Sunday at the age of 85. He was one of the prominent members of the Congress-led government in 1992 when the Babri Mosque was demolished in Ayodhya. Many had criticised him for not quitting the cabinet even after the demolition of the historic mosque.

Reacting to his death, Congress President Rahul Gandhi wrote, “It is a day of tragedy for the Congress party, with another senior, loved & respected member of our family in Karnataka, Shri Jaffer Sharief Ji, passing away today. My condolences to his family, friends & supporters in their time of grief.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Saddened by the demise of Shri C. K. Jaffer Sharief Ji. As a veteran Parliamentarian, he enriched parliamentary proceedings. He was an effective voice for Karnataka’s aspirations in Delhi. Condolences to his family and supporters.”

President Ram Nath Kovind wrote, “Sorry to hear of the passing of veteran political figure Shri C.K. Jaffer Sharief, who served the nation in many capacities including as Railway Minister. My condolences to his family members and associates in Karnataka and elsewhere.”

More to follow!