AR Antulay, Maharashtra's first Muslim chief minister, passes away at 85

Former Union minister and Maharashtra's first Muslim chief minister, AR Antulay, died on Tuesday after a prolonged illness, his nephew said. He was 85.

Antulay breathed his last at Mumbai's Breach Candy Hospital where he had been admitted a few days ago.

File photo of former Union minister and CM of Maharashtra AR Antulay. Image courtesy: CNN IBN

File photo of former Union minister and CM of Maharashtra AR Antulay. Image courtesy: CNN IBN

He is survived by his wife Nargis, son Naved and daughters Neelam, Shabnam and Mubina, said nephew and son-in-law Mushtaque Antulay.

Known as 'Barrister Antulay', he was Maharashtra's first Muslim chief minister from June 1980 to January 1982. He was elevated to the post by late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

He served as a Union Minister in 1995, and later in the UPA-I government of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

"As per tradition, we perform the funeral in our native place. We are likely to hold the funeral ceremonies on Wednesday in his village of birth at Ambet, Raigad district," Mushtaque Antulay said.

IANS


Updated Date: Dec 02, 2014 16:47 PM

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