Ahmed Patel, Congress leader and adviser to the party chief Sonia Gandhi, will be laid to rest at his village Piraman on Thursday. As per his wishes, Ahmed Patel will be buried next to his parent’s grave in the village.
Several top leaders of Congress attended the funeral with Rahul Gandhi among those who helped shoulder the coffin carrying the leader’s body.
Karnataka Congress leader DK Shiv Kumar and Gujarat leaders like Shankersinh Vaghela, Hardik Patel, Arjun Modhwadi, and Shaktisinh Gohil were among those who attended the last rites of Patel.
After being flown from Delhi, his body was kept at the Sardar Patel Hospital in Ankleshwar from where it will be taken to the burial ground. As per COVID-19 norms, only 50 people will be allowed to attend the final burial.
The village meanwhile was sanitised and villagers made seating arrangements for those who would attend Patel’s family at their home.
The 71-year-old Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat passed away on Wednesday at a Gurugram Hospital.
Ahmed Patel was undergoing treatment after he tested positive for COVID-19 on October 1. His health 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.”
Ahmed Patel’s career
Patel, who was the treasurer of the Indian National Congress, was an eight-time parliamentarian. He 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.
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