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, â€œI 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.â€
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 partyâ€™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 Patelâ€™s demise saying his role in strengthening the Congress party would always be remembered.