Former Congress Rajya Sabha MP Irshad Mirza died on Wednesday after a prolonged illness. He was 68.
According to state Congress leaders, Baig, who was AICC secretary in-charge of Chhattisgarh, had been operated upon for heart ailments over a month ago. After the operation, he was doing well, but his condition deterioated again a fortnight ago.
He was an RS member from April 1984 to April 1990, and served as RS vice-chairman from 1989 to 1990. He was also general secretary of the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC). Congress president Sonia Gandhi, vice-president Rahul Gandhi and several other national Congress leaders, including party’s Gujarat affairs in-charge Ashok Gehlot and state party president Bharatsinh Solanki, condoled Mirza’s death.
In a statement, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi said that the party has lost a”committed’’ leader with the death of Mirza. Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and Congress MLA from Bihar Shakeel Ahmed Khan attended the funeral of Mirza.