Former chairman of Madhya Pradesh State Waqf Board and Congress leader Ghufran-e-Azam died of brain hemorrhage early on Thursday.
Seventy-year-old Azam was being treated at Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai for the last 10 days, his personal assistant Subodh Jain said.
Azam’s body will be brought to Bhopal on Friday morning. After Friday prayers at historical Iqbal Maidan, his body will be buried at the nearest graveyard.
Azam was elected as the member of Lok Sabha from Betul in 1980. He was known to be a close confidant of Sanjay Gandhi and shared a good rapport with the Gandhi family.
However, he was removed from the Congress after he made statements against Sonia and Rahul Gandhi and held them responsible for the party’s defeat in 2014 Lok Sabha and assembly elections.