Bengaluru: Veteran Congress leader and former Railway Minister C K Jaffer Sharief passed away at the age of 85 on Sunday. Jaffer was hospitalised on Friday after he collapsed while getting into the car for namaz. Also Read - BREAKING: Earthquake of Magnitude 5.3 Strikes East of Pokhara in Nepal

He had keept in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Fortis Hospital on Bengaluru’s Cunningham Road. Also Read - Horoscope, Today, May 19, Wednesday: Trouble in Paradise For Gemini, Mid-Week Blues For Scorpio

Expressing grief on Jaffer’s death, the Congress said: “We condole the passing of former union minister CK Jaffer Sharief. We hope his family finds strength to deal with their loss.” Also Read - Google Maps Will Be More Useful With 4 New AI Advancements | Details Here

Dinesh Gundu Rao, President, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee, tweeted: “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 (sic).”

“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,” Congress president Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet.

He remembered Ambareesh as a “famous son” of Karnataka whose work as an actor and a politician won him a huge following across the country.

“In the passing of Ambareesh Ji, the Congress family has lost a valuable member. He was a famous son of Karnataka, whose work as an actor and in politics, won him a huge following both in the state and across India. My condolences to his family and friends in this time of grief,” Gandhi said in another tweet.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also condoled the death of Sharief.

“My deepest condolences on the passing away of veteran Congress leader and Former Union Minister, Sh C K Jaffer Sharief. In his long political career, he was particularly instrumental in providing an impetus to the Railways. My sympathies to his family, friends and followers”.

Jaffer, an iconic Congress leader from Karnataka, is survived by a son and two daughters.

Sharief, a seven-time Lok Sabha member, started his career under late Karnataka Chief Minister and Lingayat strongman J Nijalingappa. However, after the split in the party, he took the side of former PM Indira Gandhi.

Serving as the Railway Minister, he played a pivotal role in gauge conversion across the country and getting the Railway Wheel and Axle plant in Bengaluru.

Sharief was preparing for the release of the book ‘India wins freedom’ by Moulana Abdul Kalam Azad in Urdu, scheduled to be released on the 28th of this month.