Expressing condolences on the sad demise of former union minister and Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) leader E. Ahamed, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday prayed that the former's soul rests in peace.
Condolences on the sad demise of Mr. E Ahamed, a veteran parliamentarian & former Union Minister. May the departed soul rest in peace," Jaitley tweeted.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier today expressed his condolence on the demise of Ahamded and said the latter's empowerment of the Muslim community would be remembered.
The Prime Minister said the IUML leader devoted significant efforts towards Kerala's progress, adding that 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," he added.
The mortal remains of Ahamed, who passed away in the wee hours of Wednesday morning at the Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest in the Parliament yesterday, will be taken to his residence here so the public can pay their homage, post which his remains will be flown to Kannur, his hometown.
The senior minister was admitted in a critical condition after suffering a cardiac arrest during the President's address in both Houses on Tuesday.
Earlier, Congress Party president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi had visited the ailing politician in the hospital.
Later, he was shifted to the RML trauma centre's ICU where he was put on ventilator.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also inquired about his health.
Ahamed had served as Minister of State for External Affairs in the previous UPA government.
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