Veteran Congress leader Ahmed Patel breathed his last at a Gurugram hospital on Wednesday morning. The Rajya Sabha MP was battling Covid-19 infection for more than a month, after which he suffered multiple organ failure. He was 71.
Announcing his father’s demise on Twitter, Faisal Patel regretted informing about the untimely death of his father at 3.30 am this morning. Around a month back, the veteran politician was tested positive, further his health worsened due to multiple organ failure. He had requested all well-wishers to adhere to the Covid-19 regulations by avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining social distancing norms at all times.
Patel, also the treasurer of Congress, was Rajya Sabha MP since 1993 representing Gujarat. Before that he served as Lok Sabha MP for three terms from 1977 to 1989. From being political secretary to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Patel was one of the party’s top negotiators during the UPA regime.
Saddened by his demise, Gandhi said she had lost an irreplaceable comrade, a faithful colleague and a friend. She said his entire life was dedicated to the Congress Party.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief by remembering Patel’s role in strengthening the Congress Party. Known for his sharp mind, the politician spent years in public life serving society. May his soul rest in peace, Modi tweeted.
Patel, an astute parliamentarian, combined the skills of strategist as well as the charm of a mass leader, said President Ram Nath Kovind, who was distressed to know that veteran Congress leader is no more.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in his tribute to Patel, said that the veteran leader was a tremendous asset. He was a pillar of the Congress Party, who stood with the party through its most difficult times.
Soon after the announcement of Patel’s demise, messages of condolences also poured in from other Congress leaders including Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Randeep Singh Surjewala among others.
Patel had tested Covid-19 positive on October 1. He was admitted to the ICU of Medanta Hospital in Gurugram on November 15.