By Gowtham K
Former Member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly from the Ambur constituency Mr Aslam Basha, 52, passed away this morning due to ill health. Mr Basha was the state organizing secretary of the Manithaneya Makkal Katchi, a party presided by Prof M. H. Jawahirullah.
Basha won the 2011 assembly elections on behalf of the Manithaneya Makkal Katchi in the AIADMK alliance just after Ambur was divided from Vaniyambadi constituency in Thirupathur district and Ambur assembly constituency was formed. Accordingly, Mr Basha was the first legislative member of Ambur constituency. He failed to win the assembly seat in the last elections but he still continued as the state organizing secretary of the Humanitarian People’s Party.
He was suffering from poor health conditions for last 5 months and was admitted in the CMC hospital, Vellore. Following several months of unsuccessful treatment in the hospital, he passed away on July 21 at 5 AM.
Mr Basha was instrumental in launching the Tamil Nadu Muslim Progressive League in Ambur. Various Tamil Nadu organizations, including Islamic ones, have expressed their grief over his death. He has left behind a wife and a daughter.
The president of Manithaneya Makkal Katchi Prof.Jawahirullah also conveyed his message on the leader’s death. “The death of Aslam Basha is an irreparable disaster for the Manithaneya Makkal Katchi. Today I am saddened by the loss of an energetic volunteer, friend, brother and my mate in school at Vaniyambadi Islamic College 30 years ago, the sweetest friend whom I had ever met, and who had also served as an MLA on behalf of Manithaneya Makkal Katvhi and joined the Tamil Nadu Muslim Progressive League. Aslam Basha took the initiative to start the Tamil Nadu Muslim Progressive League in Ambur and worked hard to develop Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (League that works for Muslims’ rights).
Prof. Jawahirullah added, “From 2011 to 2016, Aslam Basha was elected as the first Member of the newly formed Ambur Constituency in the 14th Assembly and worked with me as an outstanding honest people’s representative. Under his initiative, a number of development works were carried out in the Ambur constituency.”