Rasheed Masood left for his heavenly abode at 10.40 am on Monday, said Imran Masood, his nephew and Congress leader Credit: Twitter

Veteran Congress leader and former Union Minister Hazi Rasheed Masood (73) passed away on Monday morning at a private hospital in Roorkee. His burial would be performed at his paternal town Gangoh in Saharanpur district.

He tested positive for Corona on August 27 after which he was admitted to Apollo Hospital in Delhi. He had recovered and was discharged from there.

However, on Saturday he complained of a sore throat and was admitted in a hospital in Roorkee where he passed away on Monday morning due to multi-organ failure.

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Born in Gangoh on August 15, 1947, Rasheed Masood played a pivotal role in the politics of west Uttar Pradesh for decades. He had been a member of Parliament (MP) nine times while he was associated with different political parties, including the Janata Dal, the Lok Dal, the Janata Party, the Rashtriya Lok Dal, the Samajwadi Party and the Congress. He had also served as the Union minister of state for health (independent charge) in the VP Singh government from April to November 1990.

Masood started his political career by contesting from Nakur assembly seat in Saharanpur in 1974 and lost. He then won the Saharanpur Lok Sabha seat on the Janata Party ticket in 1977. He parted ways with the Janata Party later. After joining the Lok Dal, he became an MP again in 1980. In 1986, the Lok Dal sent him to the Rajya Sabha.

In 1989, he won the Lok Sabha election from Saharanpur on a Janata Dal ticket. He later joined the Samajwadi Party and won the 2004 Lok Sabha election after facing defeat in 1996, 1997 and 1999. He lost the 2009 Lok Sabha election.

Rasheed Masood was also the candidate of United National Progressive Alliance in the election of the Vice-President of India in 2007 in which he finished third. He was jailed for four years in the MBBS seat scam after which he had to leave his Rajya Sabha seat in 2013.

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