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Former Maharashtra CM A R Antulay passes away at 85 in Mumbai

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Mumbai (Dec. 02, 2014): Former Union minister and Maharashtra's first Muslim chief minister, Abdul Rehman Antulay, died today after a prolonged illness at the age of 85, in city’s Breach Candy Hospital early Tuesday morning.

Antulay who served in Maharashtra was also union minister for health and minorities affairs in UPA government lead by Manmohan Singh in the first term. His tenure as chief minister was cut short due to controversy popularly known as cement scandal that forced him to resign. The matter was contested in apex court and he was pronounced not guilty a decade later.

According to his son-in-law, Antulay was admitted with several medical complications a month ago.

Last month, after the death of veteran politician Murli Deora, senior Congress leader, Ahmed Patel, had visited Antulay to check his health in Mumbai.

A source from the Congress party had confirmed that the veteran politician was in a critical condition in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

According to hospital sources, Antulay’s kidney and liver were not functioning properly.