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Former railway minister CK Jaffer Sharief dead at 85

CK Jaffer Sharief. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 25, 2018, 01.45 PM (IST)

Former railway minister and senior Congress leader CK Jaffer Sharief died Sunday at a hospital in Karnataka's Bengaluru. 

He was 85 years old. 

Sharif had been in ICU after collapsing while getting into his car for Friday namaaz. 

Sharief's death is the second blow for the Congress in less than 24 hours for it came only hourse after the death of Kannada actor-turned-politician and former union minister Ambareesh. Three days of mourning had already been declared in Karnataka after Ambareesh's death. 

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted that "it is a day of tragedy" after the deaths.