Mangaluru, Jul 10: Farmer Karnataka Higher Education Minister B A Mohideen, who passed away today morning in Bengaluru, was laid to rest with full state honours amidst tears and prayers in his native village Bajpe on the outskirts of Mangaluru after Isha prayers.
81-year-old politician had been suffering from age related illness. Recently, he was taken to Bengaluru and admitted to the M S Ramaiah Hospital where he breathed his last around 6 am today.
The body was kept in a residence in Bengaluru for a brief period in the morning wherein chief minister H D Kumaraswamy, former chief minister Siddaramaiah among others paid their homage. Later it was taken in a special ambulance, which reached Bajpe at around 5 p.m.
Thousands of people including his family members, fans, well-wishers and local residents, apart from a host of political, social and religious leaders, thronged his house at Muranagara in Bajpe to see the departed leader’s face for the last time. The final rites were conducted at the graveyard near the Eidgah Juma Masjid at Bajpe.
Among the leaders who attended the funeral were Karnataka Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar, Urban Development Minister U T Khader, Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, Rajya Sabha Member Oscar Farnandes, DK Deputy Commissioner Sesikanth Senthil and MLC Ivan D’Souza.
Mohideen was first elected to the state Legislative Assembly from Bantwal in Dakshina Kannada in 1978.
He was also a Member of the Legislative Council from 1990 to 2002 and was the Chief Whip in the Legislative Council from 1994 to 1995.
He later went on to become the Minister for Higher Education and Industry under Chief Minister JH Patil from 1995 to 1999 and was recognised by the state government for his service as an honest, upright statesman with the Devaraj Urs award in 2016.
"In his sad demise we have lost a veteran leader. We remember him as one among the close companions of Devaraja Urs," read a statement from CM Kumaraswamy.
Mangaluru: Former Minister B A Mohideen laid to rest amidst tears and prayers