Oppn alleges ill-treatment of Ahamed’s kin, demands probe

SansadTV Bureau
File photo of protest in Lok Sabha Photo - PTI

File photo of protest in Lok Sabha
Photo – PTI

Lok Sabha witnessed uproar on Friday morning soon after it assembled for the sitting as Congress party moved a notice demanding discussion on the alleged “ill-treatment” of the family members of deceased MP E Ahamed. As Congress members resorted to protest, taking to the Well of the house, the proceedings were adjourned breifly.

The issue resonated in the Upper House as well with senior leader and CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury demanding a probe in the matter. Congress party too seconded Yechury’s contention but decided to take it up when the house sat next.

Lok Sabha MP and senior IUML leader E Ahamed passed away in the wee hours of Wednesday as 2:15 AM after he had collapsed a day before during President’s address to the joint sitting of both the houses.

High drama prevailed at government-run RML hospital on Tuesday night with top Congress leaders visiting the hospital to enquire about former Union Minister E Ahamed’s health, alleged that his family was not being allowed to meet him.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi, party vice president Rahul Gandhi, leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, besides other party leaders had rushed to the hospital late at night and met Ahamed’s family.

“Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ahmed Patel rushed to the RML hospital because E Ahamed’s family, who collapsed today, is not being permitted to meet him or to know about his well being. This is complete high-handedness of the government,” Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala had said.

File photo of E Ahamed

File photo of E Ahamed

The Congress spokesperson further claimed said the government stopped the blood relatives of the former Union Minister from meeting him or knowing about his critical state at such a time.

There were reports that Ahamed’s son, daughters and son-in-law were at the hospital and even had an exchange of hot words with the hospital authorities. Some Kerala MPs were also at the hospital till late at night.

Former Union Defence minister AK Antony had termed as “cruel” the behaviour of the RML Hospital authorities towards the family members of deceased Indian Union Muslim League leader E Ahamed.

“It is because of the cruel approach of the authorities that Congress President (Sonia Gandhi) visited the hospital at night and spent almost two hours despite her ill health. I’m deeply pained,” Antony had told the press reporters after paying homage to the departed leader.

The MP from Kerala’s Mallapuram had handled various portfolios including that of MoS External Affairs in Manmohan Singh government. The principal Opposition party had also demanded the postponement of General Budget by a day to pay homage to the departed leader.