Patna, Dec 7: Senior Congress leader and Lok Sabha MP from Bihar’s Kishanganj, Maulana Asrar-ul-Haque Qasmi, passed away early on Friday following a heart attack. He was 76.
According to district officials, he died at the Kishanganj Circuit House. He will be buried at his native Tarabadi village.
Expressing grief over the demise of Mohammad Asrarul Haque, Congress tweeted, “We are deeply saddened by the demise of Mohammad Asrarul Haque, a valued member of the Congress party & a great leader to all Indians. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family & friends in this time of grief”.
We are deeply saddened by the demise of Mohammad Asrarul Haque, a valued member of the Congress party & a great leader to all Indians.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family & friends in this time of grief. pic.twitter.com/k2lNGgDvVo
— Congress (@INCIndia) December 7, 2018
Congress President Rahul Gandhi also expressed his condolences to the family of Maulana Asrar-ul-Haque Qasmi.
किशनगंज से कांग्रेस पार्टी के लोकप्रिय सांसद, मौलाना असरारुल हक साहब, के निधन की ख़बर सुनकर बेहद दुःख हुआ।
मैं असरारुल हक साहब के परिजनों के प्रति अपनी गहरी शोक और संवेदना व्यक्त करता हूँ I
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) December 7, 2018
Qasmi was a noted Islamic scholar and a popular face of the party in the state, particularly in Seemanchal comprising Kishanganj, Purnea, Araria and Katihar districts.
He won the Kishanganj seat on a Congress ticket in the 2009 general elections after five consecutive failures. He retained the constituency in 2014 despite the Narendra Modi wave in Bihar and across the country.
He had defeated the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Dilip Kumar Jaiswal by a margin of over 1 lakh votes in 2014.
He was a member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board and also a founder member of the All India Milli Council.