Mohammed Taslimuddin, RJD MP from Araria known as one of the strongest leaders from Bihar’s Seemanchal region passed away in Chennai on Sunday. As per Indian Express report, Taslimuddin was 74-year-old and is now survived by three sons and two daughters. Taslimuddin who was in Chennai for a parliamentary committee meeting was admitted to a hospital with breathing problems on August 24. Interestingly, he had once said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was “not PM material”. On Sunday, Nitish said Taslimudin was “a famous social worker and politician”.
Meanwhile, RJD chief Lalu Prasad mourned his death and said that it was a big loss to the party. He added that his death has left a big void in Seemanchal politics. Taslimuddin, who was the MP from Araria, had long been the voice of Seemanchal — a region comprising the parliamentary segments of Araria, Purnea, Kishanganj and Katihar.
Even during the time when NDA at their best won 31 out 40 Bihar seats in 2014 polls, Taslimuddin won Araria to add to the RJD’s tally of four seats.
Taslimuddin was born in a farmer’s family in January 1943 in the Sisauna village of Araria. He was elected to the Bihar Legislative Assembly for the first time in 1969 as a Congress nominee. After the 1969 victory, there was a long electoral lull for Taslimuddin. He was elected to Lok Sabha in 1989 as a Janata Dal candidate from Purnea and subsequently in 1996,1998, 2004 and 2014. He contested the 1991 Lok Sabha election unsuccessfully from Kishanganj. He won from the Jokihaat seat as a Samajwadi Party candidate in 1995. But he again tried his luck in 1996 Lok Sabha seat as Janata Dal nominee from Kishanganj and won.
He was also a Union minister of state for home affairs in 1996 in the HD Deve Gowda government. Taslimuddin, although had a strong hold on the Araria region, suffered a setback after he lost the 2009 Lok Sabha election from Araria. He fell out with Lalu Prasad and joined the JD(U) in 2010. After a year, he was back in RJD and contested 2014 polls successfully.