Veteran Congress leader Aryadan Muhammed, 87, passes away

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Thiruvananthapuram: Veteran Congress leader and former Minister for Electricity and Transport Aryadan Muhammed passed away on Sunday morning while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Kozhikode.

The 87-year-old Aryadan, a three-time minister, was undergoing treatment at a private hospital here for the past one week. "The body will be taken to Nilambur on Sunday where the public can pay respects. He was admitted in the ICU for the past one week," his son Aryadan Shoukath told reporters. The funeral will be held on Monday at 9 AM, he said.

In a political career spanning seven decades, he has represented the Nilambur constituency eight terms in the Kerala assembly until 2016.

From January 1980 to October 1981, Aryadan was Minister for Labour and Forests in the Ministry of E. K. Nayanar. From April 1995 to May 1996, he was Minister for Labour and Tourism in the Ministry of A. K. Antony. He served as former Minister for Electricity and Transport in the Oommen Chandy Ministry.

Aryadan was the Minister for Power and Transport in the second Oommen Chandy Ministry from 2011 to 2016. His portfolio included Electricity, Railways, Post and Telegraphs, Road Transport, Motor Vehicles and Water Transport.

Aryadan has also served as Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee from 1998 to 2001 and Chairman of Public Undertakings Committee from 2001 to 2004.

Besides, he has held important positions in the State Marketing Federation, NCDC and NAFED. He has also worked as Secretary of the Congress Parliamentary Party for a brief time.

    Born on May 15, 1935 as son of Unneen and Kadiyamunni, Aryadan has two sons and two daughters.

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