Top leaders of the Congress on Saturday reached Piraman, the village of Ahmed Patel, to express condolences to his family. Advisor to Sonia Gandhi, Ahmed Patel, passed away at a private hospital in Gurugram. He was under treatment for COVID-19 related complications.
The leaders who met Ahmed Patel’s family included Rajya Sabha Opposition leader Gulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Bhupendra Singh Hooda among others.
The security convoy of the leaders faced some issues due to the alleged negligence of Surat Police. Some private cars managed to get into the convoy that was leading the leaders. Later local police detained the four cars.
Ahmed Patel was laid to rest at his village Piraman on Thursday, buried next to his parent’s grave as per his wishes.
Several top leaders of Congress attended the funeral with Rahul Gandhi among those who helped shoulder the coffin carrying the leader’s body.
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.
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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