PM Modi, AMIT Shah, Mamata Banerjee, Sonia & Rahul Gandhi mourn Ahmed Patel’s demise

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AHMED Patel, Congress stalwart from Gujarat and eyes and years for the Gandhi family headed by Sonia Gandhi, has succumbed to post COVID -19 complications in an elite private hospital. He was 71. The veteran politician was admitted to Medanta Hospital in Gurugaon close to Delhi since his health worsened following he was tested  Covid positive. Ahmed Bhai Mohammed Bhai Patel, better known as Ahmed Patel, was an 8 -term Parliamentarian representing the Indian National Congress from Gujarat. He was political Secretary to Congress President Sonia Gandhi and AICC Treasurer. He is survived by wife, Memoona Patel ,and two children.In a tweet ,his son, Faisal Patel, said that his father died at 3.30 am IST on November 25. ‘’After testing positive for COVID-19 about a month ago, 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 regulations by avoiding mass’ ’The Rajya Sabha Member from his home state, Patel was Treasurer and Congress Working Committee Member for years.  Called  the 4th most powerful person in the UPA after Sonia Gandhi, he had served her as Political Secretary and trouble shooter. 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,” Gandhi said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered the seasoned politician, saying “his role in strengthening the Congress Party would always be remembered. Saddened by the demise of Ahmed Patel Ji. He spent years in public life, serving society. Known for his sharp mind, his role in strengthening the Congress Party would always be remembered. Spoke to his son Faisal and expressed condolences. May Ahmed Bhai’s soul rest in peace,” PM Modi tweeted. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee says she was  ‘’shocked at the passing away of Ahmed Patel. He was a quiet, affable person. My condolences to his family, admirers and his colleagues.’’ HM Amit Shah elected to the Lok Sabha from Ahmedabad recalled Patel’s life-long dedication to strengthening Congress. Patel born and grew up in Bharuch district in then Mumbai Presidency, had earned the goodwill of his fellow Cong persons and opponents, was ever helpful to one and all. He really was Sonia Gandhi’s shadow and the UPA’s crisis manager. His power was always understated and he had stood with the party through its most difficult times, says Rahul Gandhi.pic courtesy : PTI edited by @chakravartypk

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