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Former Maharashtra CM Abdul Rahman Antulay passed away

Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra and a veteran Congressman Abdul Rahman Antulay passed away on 2 December 2014 following a severe kidney ailment.

Dec 3, 2014 16:15 IST
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Former Chief Minister (CM) of Maharashtra and a veteran Congressman Abdul Rahman Antulay passed away on 2 December 2014 following a severe kidney ailment. He was 85.


Abdul Rahman Antulay

  • Born on 9 February 1929, Antulay was active in Congress since his younger days and rose from the district level to become MPCC general secretary, later he moved to All India Congress Committee.
  • Antulay was the first and only Muslim Chief Minister of Maharashtra during the years 1980 to 1982. However, his tenure as chief minister was cut short due to controversy popularly known as cement scandal that forced him to resign.
  • The leader again got elected in 1985 to the state assembly and remained there until 1989, when he was elected to the 9th Lok Sabha from Kolaba which later came to be known as Raigad.
  • From June 1995 to May 1996, he was Union minister of health and family welfare and from February to May 1996 he was given an additional charge of water resources.
  • He was also the Union minister for minority affairs in Manmohan Singh's UPA-I government.
  • In1996, he was re-elected to the 11th Lok Sabha and in 2004 he was elected to the 14th Lok Sabha.
  • He fought his last election in 2009, which he lost to the Shiv Sena, after which he was out of the active politics.

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