Lok Sabha MP and former union minister E Ahamed collapsed Tuesday morning in parliament following a cardiac arrest; he had passed away early on Wednesday. Mr Ahamed who was 78, was admitted at Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital, after he suffered the cardiac arrest while both houses of parliament were being jointly addressed by President Pranab Mukherjee. “E Ahamed has passed away at 2:15 am. His body has been taken to AIIMS hospital for embalming (a method to preserve a corpse from decaying) as the facility is not available at RML,” a senior RML doctor was quoted by PTI.
Ahamed, who represents the Malappuram Lok Sabha constituency from Kerala, had served as Minister of State for External Affairs in the previous UPA government.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, besides other party leaders, had rushed to the hospital late at night and met Ahamed’s family.
His body will be taken to Kerala later today.