By Qurban Ali
New Delhi: Former Member of Parliament – Rajya Sabha, Congress leader, AMU Court member, and Executive Council member, Wasim Ahmad passed away after a cardiac arrest in the late hours of Sunday (25th April) in Aligarh. He was 69.
Born on 1st March 1952, Wasim Ahmad was passionate about politics from his student days and was elected as the Secretary of AMU Students’ Union in 1979. He was very active in the movement for the restoration of the minority character of AMU (1971-81). During his Janata Party days (1977-79), he was closely associated with leaders like Piloo Mody, H N Bahuguna, Arif Mohammed Khan, and when Janata Dal was formed in 1988 he was associated with VP Singh.
Wasim Ahmad was All India Secretary, Janata Dal, 1990-94, and All India General Secretary, Janata Dal (1994-96). He was also a member of the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh for a short period (November 1996 to July 1998). After the fall of IK Gujral’s United Front government in 1998, he along with Jaipal Reddy and other Janata Dal leaders joined Congress Party.