Senior Samajwadi Party Leader Shafiqur Rahman Barq Passes Away at 94

National Desk, 27th February: Shafiqur Rahman Barq, a senior leader of the Samajwadi Party and Member of Parliament from Uttar Pradesh’s Sambhal, breathed his last today at the age of 94. Barq, the oldest MP in India’s Parliament, succumbed to a kidney infection at a private hospital in Moradabad, where he had been undergoing treatment for some time due to declining health.

Expressing profound sorrow over his demise, the Samajwadi Party conveyed condolences to his family, remembering Barq as a stalwart leader. SP President Akhilesh Yadav also mourned his passing and extended sympathies to the bereaved family.

Born on July 11, 1930, Shafiqur Rehman Barq embarked on his political journey alongside former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh. He garnered recognition for his association with the Babri Masjid Action Committee and for advocating the rights of the Muslim community nationwide. Barq played a pivotal role in the formation of the Samajwadi Party, working closely with its founder, Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Throughout his illustrious career, Barq served as an MLA four times and was elected as an MP five times, representing both the Muradabad and Sambhal Lok Sabha constituencies. His political acumen and commitment earned him accolades from across the political spectrum, including praise from Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2023, highlighting his unwavering dedication despite his advanced age.

Barq’s legacy as a statesman and advocate for social justice will continue to inspire generations to come, leaving an indelible mark on Indian politics. May his soul rest in peace, and may his family find solace during this difficult time.

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