Former Union minister and Indian Union Muslim League leader E Ahamed was declared dead in Delhi early on Wednesday, triggering confusion about the scheduled budget presentation in Parliament.
Ahamed, a sitting Lok Sabha lawmaker from Mallapuram, had suffered a cardiac arrest, news agency PTI quoting a senior doctor said. He had collapsed on Tuesday in Parliament at the time President Pranab Mukherjee was addressing a joint sitting of the two houses.
Around 2.15pm, the Indian Union Muslim League leader was shifted to Delhi’s RML hospital’s trauma centre’s Intensive Care Unit where he was put on ventilator.
“E Ahamed has passed away at 2:15am. 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 said.
Ahamed’s body will be taken to Kerala later on Wednesday.
Expressing condolence on the demise of Ahamed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the former’s empowerment of the Muslim community would be remembered.
“Saddened by the demise of Mr. E Ahamed, a veteran political leader who served the nation with great diligence. My condolences,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted.
Saddened by the demise of Mr. E Ahamed, a veteran political leader who served the nation with great diligence. My condolences.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 1, 2017
Mr. E Ahamed devoted significant efforts towards Kerala's progress. His role in deepening India's ties with West Asia was notable.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 1, 2017
The continuous efforts of Mr. E Ahamed for the empowerment of the Muslim community will be remembered.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 1, 2017
Congress president Sonia Gandhi, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi and other party leaders, including Leader of the Oposition in Rajya Sabha, rushed to the hospital late on Tuesday night amid commotion at the hospital and allegations from Ahamed’s family that they were not being allowed to meet the ailing lawmaker.
Preceding the announcement, the social media erupted with allegations of secrecy over Ahamed’s condition linking it to the budget presentation on Wednesday.
(With agency inputs)