Chennai: Senior Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and Member of Parliament from Araria Mohammed Taslimuddin passed away at the Apollo Hospital in Chennai on Sunday afternoon after a brief illness at the age of 74.

Taslimuddin was brought to the Chennai hospital after developing breathing problem while also showing sign of tuberculosis, sources said adding he was put on ventilator a few days ago but his condition continued to deteriorate ultimately leading to his death on Sunday.

His last rites will be performed with full state honors at Jokihat in Araria district on Tuesday.

RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav and other party leaders expressed their condolence to the surviving members of Taslimuddin's family.

Janata Dal – U leader and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who was recently the target of Taslimuddin's ire during the entire Tejaswi Yadav corruption brouhaha, issued boilerplate condolence to the Taslimuddin's family saying the RJD leader was a great social worker and his death was a huge loss for Bihar.

Party leaders said Taslimuddin's body would be brought by cargo air from Chennai to Bagdogra near Siliguri in West Bengal after which his body would be brought to Araria via Kishanganj and Purnia by road.

It may be recalled that Taslimuddin was never in Nitish Kumar camp even after the latter dumped the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2013 and join hand with the RJD. On more than one occasion, he criticized Kumar calling him a hypocrite who only talked about corruption but was intentionally looking the other way as his government immersed in all sorts of corrupt practices.

On July 24 this year, the Araria MP had said that the talk about Nitish being against corruption was a complete fabrication because the Chief Minister was not exactly 'as clean as he professed to be'.

"Nitish Kumar koi doodh ke dhule hue nahin hain. In the day time, he associates with the RJD leaders but after dark sets in, he hobnobs with the BJP. Moreover, the Chief Minister talked about 'Zero Tolerance' about crime but corruption of all kinds including bribery was rampant in government offices in Bihar," he had said much to the embarrassment of his own party leaders.

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