Congress leader Ahmed Patel dies from Covid complications

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel passes away, tweets his son Faisal Patel
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Congress MP Ahmed Patel during the parliament on 23th nov. 2016. Express photo by Renuka Puri. *** Local Caption *** Congress MP Ahmed Patel during the parliament on 23th nov. 2016. Express photo by Renuka Puri.

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Ahmad Patel died from Covid-related complications this morning, tweets his son Faisal Patel.

Ahmed Patel had tested positive for coronavirus on October 1. He was then admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of Medanta Hospital, Gurgaon for further treatment.

In a statement on Twitter, Mr. Faisal said that Ahmed Patel passed away at 3.30 am on November 25. “After testing positive for Covid-19 around a month back, his health worsened further due to multiple organ failures,” the statement went on to add.

He also requested well-wishers of his father to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines and avoid any mass gatherings to mourn the Congress leader’s demise. He was undergoing treatment at Medanta Hospital in Gurugram since November 15.

In a tweet on October 1, Ahmed Patel had announced, “I have tested positive for COVID-19. I request all those who came in close contact with me recently, to self isolate.”

Ahmed Patel has for long been the power centre in Congress being party president Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary. He had also earlier worked as Parliamentary Secretary for her husband Rajiv Gandhi in 1985. He was appointed the treasurer of the party in 2018 after the long time treasurer Motilal Vohra bowed out.

An eight-time parliamentarian, Ahmed Patel served three terms in the Lok Sabha and five terms in the Rajya Sabha. His last Rajya Sabha election in 2017 was heavily contested and included sequestering Gujarat legislators in Karnataka to avoid horse trading. He has always been the party’s troubleshooter and was the key leader to co-ordinate between Congress and other parties.

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