One of the tallest Muslim leaders in India in recent decades, E Ahamed’s death is shrouded in mystery. While the Muslim community is grieving the death of the leader who worked till the last day of his life, they are angry over the unnecessary confusion caused by Union Government in announcing the death of 78-year old leader who served the community and the country in different capacities. He is survived by two sons and a daughter.
E. Ahmed represented the Mallapuram Parliamentary seat that he had won on the ticket of Indian Union Muslim League. He suffered a massive cardiac arrest during the ongoing Budget Session in the Parliament, where he was present. From Parliament he was carried to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in the capital.
He was pronounced dead nine hours after being taken to the hospital. The funeral prayer of the leader was led by his eldest son at his Teen Murti house in New Delhi. The funeral was attended by Vice President of India Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Congress Vice President Sonia Gandhi, Muslim League Rajya Sabha MP ET Bashir, besides a battery of dignitaries, envoys from several nations and bureaucrats. Later his body was carried by a chartered plane to his ancestral home in Kannanur.
His daughter Dr Fausia also criticized the government for putting blanket ban on information about his health. She was inconsolable. Her husband who is a well-known physician said that it was shocking to see the children not being consulted in the course of his treatment and being barred from seeing him.
Ahmad’s son Naseer Ahmed said, “My simple request was that I be allowed to see my father and I’m told that I cannot see him. I have not been an explanation. None of us are allowed to go in. I’ve been told that everybody has been allowed to see him all morning without any problem, so I think as a son, I have the right to see my father and get an explanation as to what is going on,” Ahamed’s son told ANI.
“We are appalled at the way in which the family has been treated. I am not speaking as the son of a Member of Parliament. I am speaking as the son of an Indian,” he added.
In the meantime political leaders have accused the government of disregarding the Parliament ethics by delaying the announcement of former minister of state for External Affairs. Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress leader, accused the BJP of deliberately trying to delay senior parliamentarian E Ahamed’s death announcement, suggesting that the NDA administration did not want to postpone the Union Budget.
“In our opinion, including JDU leaders and former PM Deve Gowda, the budget should be postponed…Government already knew that he had passed away but they were trying to maybe delay announcement…It is not March 31, there is a lot of time to present the Budget. Government can postpone it,” Kharge said.
Others too have criticized the union government. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also criticized the Union Government for presenting the Union Budget, hours after the death of former Union Minister E Ahmed saying it was “improper, unfortunate and amounted to showing disrespect” to the departed leader.
“Presenting budget in the same building within hours after his death was totally improper and unfortunate. The Centre has gone ahead with the budget presentation, hurting the sentiments of the members of the House…The act amounted to disrespect to the memories of the deceased and insulting the democratic consciousness of the nation. It was a grave mistake that the government had gone ahead with the budget presentation at a time when tributes should have been paid to such a senior leader,” he said.
(Courtesy: Views Headlines)