A pall of gloom descended over Piraman Village in Ankleshwar over the demise of veteran leader Ahmed Patel. The Congress leader wanted to be buried in his village in Bharuch district.
The 71-year-old Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat passed away on Wednesday at a Gurugram Hospital.
Preparations for his funeral are on in the village. Patel was born in Piraman on August 21, 1949. Despite his busy political life, Ahmed Patel often made it a point to visit his ancestral village. He had also helped address several concerns of the village.
Sources in the know said that Ahmed Patel died while under treatment for COVID-19 and so it is not known if his burial will take place in his village. Sources said Patel will be tested once again and if his report is negative then his body may be brought in a chartered plane to Vadodara and then taken to his village.
Ahmed Patel was under treatment for COVID-19
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.”
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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