Veteran Congress leader and former Union Railway Minister C.K. Jaffer Sharief passed away at a private hospital in Bengaluru on Sunday following a cardiac arrest. He was 85.He had been hospitalised on Friday after he collapsed while getting into the car for attending namaz. He was in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Fortis Hospital…

Veteran Congress leader and former Union Railway Minister C.K. Jaffer Sharief passed away at a private hospital in Bengaluru on Sunday following a cardiac arrest. He was 85.

He had been hospitalised on Friday after he collapsed while getting into the car for attending namaz.

He was in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Fortis Hospital on Cunningham Road in Bengaluru. When he was brought to the hospital on Friday, his pulse had dropped following a disturbance in his heart rhythm. Doctors revived him and put him on a temporary pacemaker. Hospital sources said Mr. Sharief suffered another attack in the operation theatre where he was taken for implanting a permanent pacemaker.

In this February 14, 1995 picture, Prime Minister Narasimha Rao is seen with Railway Minister Jaffer Sharief, in New Delhi.

According to his close associate Mr. Sharief had been stressed out as he was busy preparing for the release of the Urdu translation of Moulana Abul Kalam Azad’s ‘India Wins Freedom’. “He had invited former President Pranab Mukherjee for the book release that was scheduled to be held at Palace Grounds on November 28,” he said.

Born in Challakere in Chitradurga district of Karnataka on November 3, 1933, Mr. Sharief was the Railway Minister in the Narasimha Rao government (1991-95).  He represented the Bengaluru North Constituency.

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. #JafferSharief

— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) November 25, 2018

We condole the passing of former union minister CK Jaffer Sharief. We hope his family finds strength to deal with their loss.

— Congress (@INCIndia) November 25, 2018

A seven-time Member of Parliament, Mr. Sharief began his political career in the Congress under guidance of the former Chief Minister of Karnataka, the late S Nijalingappa. After the Congress split in 1969, he joined the Congress led by Indira Gandhi.

He became a member of the Lok Sabha in the elections held soon after Emergency in 1977. He was a member of the 6th, 7th, 8th , 9th, 10th , 12th and 13th Lok Sabhas.

His last Lok Sabha election was in 2009, in which he was defeated by BJP’s  D.B. Chandre Gowda in the Bengaluru North constituency.

As the Railway Minister, he was instrumental in gauge conversion (meter gauge to broad gauge) of railways in Karnataka. He played a vital role in getting the Wheel and Axle Plant in Bengaluru.

Congress leaders across the State have condoled the death of the senior leader of the party.

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