BENGALURU: Former railway minister and Congress veteran
C K Jaffer Sharief died on Sunday afternoon following a brief illness. He was 87.
He is survived by a son and two daughters.
A seven-time Lok Sabha member, Sharief, started his career under later Karnataka
CM and Lingayat strongman S Nijalingappa. After a split in the Congress, he took the side of Indira Gandhi.
As Railways minister, he was instrumental in gauge conversion of railways across the country and played a vital role in the development of rail network in Karnataka.
He was also instrumental in getting the Railway Wheel and Axle plant in Bengaluru.