Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel passes away; PM, Sonia condole

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel (71) died this morning at a hospital in Gurgaon. He was one of Sonia Gandhi’s closest political advisers.

He was admitted at the hospital after his health worsened after a Covid infection. In a tweet at around 4 am, his son, Faisal Patel, said that the Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat died at 3.30 am.

“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,” he tweeted, requesting all their well-wishers to adhere to the COVID-19 law & order regulations by avoiding mass gatherings and to also  maintain social distancing norms at all times,” Faisal Patel said in the statement.

Messages of condolences and tributes poured in soon after the announcement of  Patel’s death.

Mourning the death of Patel, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi said she has lost an “irreplaceable comrade, a faithful colleague and a friend”. “I have lost a colleague, whose entire life was dedicated to the Congress party,” She said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered the seasoned politician, saying “his role in strengthening the Congress Party would always be remembered”.