Veteran Congress leader C K Jaffer Sharief, candidate from the Bangalore North constituency for the Lok Sabha election, received a rude shock on Monday when his ailing son, Abdul Karim, passed away in Bangalore.
Karim was 51. He died in a private hospital, where he was undergoing treatment for renal failure for the last 20 days.
Karim’s death dampened spirits of the leader, his family and party workers involved in campaign. Sharief and his family members kept off the campaign for the day. Only a day is left for campaigning in constituencies going for polls on April 23.
Karim is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son, besides his father and sisters. Karim was the eldest among the two sons of Sharief.
Sharief’s younger son Khadar Nawaz Sharief, died in 1999 following a massive heart attack. Karim was looking after the administration of Khadar Nawaz Sharief Engineering College run by the family.
This is the second death in the family with Sharief’s wife Amina Bi passing away some three months ago.
Many leaders visited Sharief’s residence and paid their condolences. Among them were AICC General Secretary Gulam Nabi Azad, Congress candidates Krishna Byregowda, H T Sangliana, leaders M Krishnappa, Ramalinga Reddy.
The funeral was held at Khuddus Saheb burial ground on Nandidurga Road. Jaffer Sharief was confined to his home, calling off his scheduled campaign in Periyar Nagar. His grandson and son of Abdul Karim, Wahab, and other family members used to assist in his campaign.
Gulam Nabi Azad campaigned for Sharief at R T Nagar in the evening.