Senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Ahmed Patel passed away on Wednesday morning due to multiple organ failure, more than a month after he tested positive for Covid-19. He was 71. The announcement of his demise was made by his son Faisal Patel.
He said, “I regret to announce the sad and untimely demise of my father, Mr. Ahmed Patel at 25/11/2020, 3:30 AM. After testing positive for Covid-19 around a month back, his health worsened further due to multiple organ failures.”
Patel, who tested positive on October 1, was battling with Covid-19 related complications and was placed under critical care Sunday at a hospital in Gurgaon. He was one of the closest aides of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and her political adviser for a long time. Known as the party’s trouble-shooter, he had steered the Congress out of difficult situations many a time. An eight-time parliamentarian, Ahmed Patel served three terms in the Lok Sabha and five terms in the Rajya Sabha.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled Patel’s demise saying his role in strengthening the Congress party would always be remembered.