By A Newsman
Kolkata, 04 September: TRINAMOOL MP and former Union minister Sultan Ahmed (64) has passed away.
Ahmed was an accused in the Naradanews Sting Bribe Case that the CBI is investigating at the direction of Calcutta High Court. Recently the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate quizzed him.
He suffered a cardiac arrest at his residence on Muzaffar Ahmed Street in central Kolkata today morning and was rushed to Bellevue Nursing Home at Minto Park, where doctors declared him brought dead.
Trinamool supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has expressed shock at the sudden demise of Ahmed. “Shocked and deeply saddened at the passing of Sultan Ahmed sitting @AITCOfficial LS MP & my long term colleague. Condolences to his family,” she has tweeted.
Ahmed, a two-time Trinamool MP from Uluberia in Howrah, is survived by wife and two sons. He was elected to the Lok Sabha first time in 2009 and was a minister of state for tourism in the Manmohan Singh government until 2012, when Trinamool came out of the UPA.
A graduate from Calcutta University, he began his political career as Congress councillor to Kolkata Municipal Corporation from 1985-2000. In 1987 he got elected a Congress MLA from Entally in the city and was re-elected from the seat in 1996.
He subsequently joined Trinamool and was given ticket to contest the Lok Sabha polls from Uluberia in 2009, which he won. He got re-elected from the seat in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. He was the president of Mohammedan Sporting Club, one of the premiere football clubs of Kolkata.