Former Union Minister E. Ahamed Passes Away
New Delhi: Shri E. Ahamed, a senior leader from Kerala, collapsed on 31st January, 2017 in parliament just as its budget session began. He suffered a cardiac arrest while both houses of parliament were being jointly addressed by President Pranab Mukherjee. Shri Ahamed, who served as Minister of State for External Affairs in Dr. Manmohan Singh’s government, was rushed out on a stretcher with a doctor attending to him. Congress Vice President Shri Rahul Gandhi visited RML hospital to inquire about Shri Ahamed’s condition.
Later E. Ahamed, who suffered a cardiac arrest on 31st January, 2017, passed away at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in New Delhi. His death was confirmed at 2.30 a.m. on 1st February, 2017. He was 78. His body was kept at his official residence for public homage till noon and later was flown to Kozhikode airport at 2 p.m. Thereafter, it was taken to Haj House at Karipur and then to the League House in Kozhikode. The burial was held in Kannur on 2nd February, 2017.
Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi has condoled the sad demise of Shri. E. Ahamed. Remembering him as a fine human being, Smt. Gandhi said, in his death India has lost an outstanding parliamentarian. He was a committed democrat and beloved leader of Kerala, whose simple life style and commitment to cause of people was an example to an entire generation, she added. Smt. Gandhi has conveyed her solidarity in this hour of grief to family and supporters of Shri. E. Ahamed.
In a condolence letter dated 1st February, 2017 written to his son Shri Ahamed Rayees said “I am deeply grieved at the passing away of your beloved father.
Shri E. Ahamed was widely respected and admired for the complete sincerity and dedication with which he undertook every task, his warm human qualities, his diplomatic skills which made him strike a warm rapport with leaders of several countries, and his outstanding qualities as a Parliamentarian. At this time of grief you must take consolation from the fact that he was active and engaged in public service until the very end, and that he did not suffer a long and painful illness.
I personally mourn his loss as a warm and loyal friend, a man with a simple, modest way of life who cared deeply for the under-privileged and vulnerable and always put their interests first, and a leader of broad vision, humanity and integrity. Smt. Indira Gandhi and Shri Rajiv Gandhi also held him in high esteem. His many admirers and supporters, not just in Kerala but in the whole country and in the Muslim world, will always honour his memory, and be grateful for his rich contribution to our national life.
With my sincere condolences.”
In a separate message Congress Vice President Shri Rahul Gandhi said “Deeply saddened by the demise of Shri E. Ahamed. A veteran parliamentarian & a valued colleague, he served his country with honour & dedication. My thoughts & prayers are with his family & loved ones in this time of grief”.
Shri Ahamed was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2009. During May 2004 – May 2009, he served as the Minister of State for External Affairs. During May 2009 – January 2011, he was the Minister of State for Railways. He assumed charge again as Minister of State of External Affairs on January 24, 2011. Shri Ahamed assumed the additional charge as Minister of State for Human Resource Development on 12 July, 2011.
Born on 29 April, 1938, Shri Ahamed has performed Hajj seven times – five times as a Member of Government of India Haj Goodwill Delegation. He has also authored 3 books in English and Malayalam.
He was married to Late Smt. Zuhara Ahamed. Shri Ahamed has two sons and a daughter.