Malegaon: Veteran socialist leader, former minister and one of the founders of Janata Dal (Secular) Nehal Ahmed who represented Malegaon assembly constituency for more than 30 years died today morning at about 09:30 am. He was 90.

Nehal Ahmed, the senior most socialist leader who was also the First Mayor of Malegaon, was ailing since last few weeks. He was shifted to a local hospital on Friday. After his condition deteriorated further the family took him to a hospital in Nashik.

“Saheb died at around 09:30 am in Nashik”, Mustaqueem Dignity, his son in law said while talking to

“His mortal remains will be brought to Malegaon by afternoon for funeral”, he added.

Born in 1926 to Maulana Mohammad Usman, Founder of Jamiatus Swalehat, Nehal Ahmed was also Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.

A socialist leader and political guru, who never compromised with the rules he set in his political career, sported black badge on his left shoulder till his last breath to protest the demolition of Babri Masjid.

Nehal Ahmed began his political career as Mazdoor Leader, won the municipal election and later assembly elections.

When Sharad Pawar became the youngest Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Nehal Ahmed was made the Labour Minister in his cabinet.

In 2001, when Malegaon Municpal Council was converted into a Corporation, Nehal Ahmed contested the civic election, led the Janata Dal (S) to a majority and became the First Mayor of Malegaon.

He also contested the Parliamentary Elections in 2009 but lost to BJP‘s Pratap Sonawane.

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