Bengaluru: Former Union Railway Minister C.K. Jaffer Sharief passed away this morning at a hospital in Bengaluru, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president Dinesh Gundu Rao said. Sharief was 85.
Sharief was admitted to a private hospital here a few days ago after he collapsed while getting into his car for Salatul Jumuah (Friday special prayers).
“One of @INCIndia’s senior most leaders, many times MP and one of India’s most successful Railway minister, Karnataka’s very own son Sri CK Jaffer Shareef has passed away. A national leader who had a great connect across all communities. A truly secular leader. My condolences,” Rao said in a tweet.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and other political leaders expressed grief over the demise of C.K. Jaffer Sharief.
"Sorry to hear of the passing of veteran political figure C.K. Jaffer Sharief, who served the nation in many capacities including as Railway Minister. My condolences to his family members and associates in Karnataka and elsewhere," Kovind said.''
Expressing condolence, the Prime Minister tweeted: "Saddened by the demise of Sharief ji. As a veteran Parliamentarian, he enriched parliamentary proceedings. He was an effective voice for Karnataka's aspirations in Delhi. Condolences to his family and supporters."
Congress President Rahul Gandhi while expressing grief over the death of Sharief said the party lost a respected member.
"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", Gandhi wrote on Twitter.
Condoling the death of one of its senior leaders, Congress Party said. "We condole the passing of former union minister CK Jaffer Sharief. We hope his family finds strength to deal with their loss."
Though not yet confirmed, CK Jaffer Sharief's funeral will take place in Bengaluru today later in the evening.
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