By Our Correspondent
NEW DELHI — Veteran Rajya Sabha MP from Manipur, veteran Congress leader and three-time member of Manipur Assembly, Haji Abdul Salam passed away in Imphal on Tuesday night following a brief illness. He was 69. Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition (Rajya Sabha) and Congress leader expressed his grief at the sad demise of the fellow Rajya Sabha MP and Congress man.
Abdul Salam was the first Manipuri Muslim to be a member of Rajya Sabha. He had been representing the state in the upper house since 2014, a Congress official said. According to a family member, Abdul Salam was born at Heibong Makhong in Thoubal district and is survived by his wife, son and 5 daughters. He was elected to the 3rd, 6th and 8th Manipur Legislative Assembly from Wabagai assembly constituency.
In his condolence message, Azad said: “Haji Abdul Salam was a very committed Congressman who was elected to the Manipur State Assembly thrice and held different ministerial posts. He was earlier AICC member and also held the post of MPCC vice-president. He worked for communal harmony, national integration, and upliftment of rural masses. In his demise, Congress Party has lost a noble soul and a devoted party worker, who considered his privilege to serve the people. The vacuum in the party due to his death will be difficult to fill.
Haji will be remembered as one of the distinguished teachers and founding member of the Mukam Madrassa in Mayang Imphal, the first madrassa established in Manipur. He had also been actively involved in setting up of State Haj Committee, State Waqf Board and State Minority Commission in Manipur”.