Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel passes away following COVID-19 complications

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Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel passed away in the early hours of November 25.

 

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel died on Wednesday at 3.30 am due to multi-organ failure. He was suffering from complications related to COVID-19.

71-year-old Patel was critical for a few days. He was admitted to the Medanta hospital in Gurugram on November 15 after he developed complications.

The veteran Congress leader had himself announced on Twitter on October 1 that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and all those who had come in close contact of him should also get tested.

Patel leaves behind his wife, a son and a daughter.

"With profound grief & sorrow, I regret to announce the sad and untimely demise of my father, Mr. Ahmed Patel at 25/11/2020, 03:30 AM. After testing positive for Covid-19 around a month back, his health worsened further due to multiple organ failures. May Allah grant him Jannatul firdaus, inshallah”, his son Faisal tweeted.

He also urged all well-wishers to adhere to the COVID-19 regulations by avoiding mass gatherings.

Patel was one of the closest aides of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and her political secretary for a long time. He was the trouble-shooter of the Congress and had steered the party out of ticklish situations many a time. He was the grand old party's pointsman for building consensus on key issues with other parties and leaders.

Patel was currently a member of the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat. He was an eight-time parliamentarian -- five times in the Rajya Sabha, three times in the Lok Sabha. His last Rajya Sabha election in 2017 was contested very keenly amid charges of horse-trading.

Patel began his political career by contesting the local body polls in Gujarat's Bharuch district in 1976. He became a Lok Sabha MP in March 1977 and was a member of the sixth, seventh and eighth Lok Sabha till 1989. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha for the first time in August 1993.

Patel was a close confidant of Rajiv Gandhi and the parliamentary secretary to the prime Minister from 1985 to 1986.

He later took charge of the Congress's organisational structure both in Gujarat and at the party high-command.

Though Patel never became a minister, he always worked as the background man in the Congress and was at the centrestage of the party's decision-making till his death.

He was currently the Congress treasurer, a post that he occupied thrice.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, besides Congress leaders, including party chief Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, and Union ministers condoled Patel's demise.

Patel is the second senior Congressman to have died due to COVID-related complications, as his death comes two days after former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi passed away in Guwahati.

 

With inputs from PTI

Image credit: Deccan Herald

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