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Veteran Congress leader Ahmed Patel passes away due to COVID complications

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Veteran Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat, Ahmed Patel, on Wednesday, passed away at a Gurugram Hospital. He was 71-years-old.

Ahmed Patel was undergoing treatment after he tested positive for COVID-19 around a month back. However, his health conditions worsened due to multiple organ failures, his son Faisal Patel informed.

Faisal tweeted:  “With profound grief and sorrow, I regret to announce the sad and untimely death of my father, Mr Ahmed Patel, on November 25, 2020, 3.30 am. After testing positive for COVID-19 around a month back, his health condition worsened due to multiple organ failures.”

He also requested people to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines and avoid any mass gathering.

Notably, Ahmed Patel had tested positive for COVID-19 on October 1. Patel, who was the treasurer of the Indian National Congress, was admitted to Medanta Hospital in Gurugram where his condition worsened due to multiple organ failures.

Political career of Ahmed Patel

An eight-time parliamentarian, Ahmed Patel served three terms in the Lok Sabha and five terms in the Rajya Sabha. He was appointed as the Treasurer of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) in August 2018.

Ahmed Patel began his political career by contesting local body elections in Gujarat’s Bharuch district in 1976. He later took charge of the Congress’ organisational structure both in Gujarat and at the Centre.

In 1985, he was appointed parliament secretary to the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Ahmed Patel also played a key role in setting up the Narmada Management Authority to oversee the Sardar Sarovar Project.

Condolences pour in

As soon as the news of Ahmed Patel’s demise spread, condolences poured in across party lines. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Patel was known for his “sharp mind” and “for strengthening the Congress party”.

PM Modi tweeted: “Saddened by the demise of Ahmed Patel Ji. He spent years in public life, serving society. Known for his sharp mind, his role in strengthening the Congress Party would always be remembered. Spoke to his son Faisal and expressed condolences. May Ahmed Bhai’s soul rest in peace.”

Congress’ interim chief Sonia Gandhi said she has lost an irreplaceable comrade, a faithful colleague and a friend. She said Patel’s entire life was dedicated to the Congress party.

Rahul Gandhi said: “It is a sad day. Shri Ahmed Patel was a pillar of the Congress party. He lived and breathed Congress and stood with the party through its most difficult times. He was a tremendous asset. We will miss him. My love and condolences to Faisal, Mumtaz & the family.”

 

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