New Delhi: Senior Congress leader and former Union minister Gurudas Kamat died on Wednesday at Primus Hospital in New Delhi after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 63.
The Congress leader was in New Delhi to meet with Congress leader Ahmed Patel. He was to return to Mumbai today evening for Eid celebrations. Kamat was rushed to Primus hospital in Chanakyapuri where he passed away.
Kamat’s body will be brought back to his Chembur residence in Mumbai this afternoon, said a source.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweeted: “The sudden passing away of senior leader Gurudas Kamat ji, is a massive blow to the Congress family. Gurudas ji helped build the Congress party in Mumbai & was greatly respected & admired by all. My condolences to his family in their time of grief. May his soul rest in peace.” In a statement issued, the Congress party said: “We are saddened to hear about the passing of Shri Gurudas Kamat. He will be missed dearly by his family, friends and the Congress Party.”<>
The sudden passing away of senior leader Gurudas Kamat ji, is a massive blow to the Congress family. Gurudas ji helped build the Congress party in Mumbai & was greatly respected & admired by all. My condolences to his family in their time of grief. May his soul rest in peace.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 22, 2018
Kamat was chief of All India Congress Committee and also was a member of Congress working committee. He started his career in 1972 as Student congress National Student Union Of India. He was Chief of NSU of Mumbai branch in 1976 and also of Youth Congress in 1987.
In the year 2008, Kamat was a member of the Parliament for the Mumbai North West constituency of Maharashtra and Mumbai North East constituency of Maharashtra in 1984, 1991, 1998 and 2004.
From 2009 to 2011, he was the Minister of State for Home Affairs with additional charge of Minister of Communications and Information Technology. But he resigned in 2011.
Congress had given Kamat the responsibity of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu. But he gave resignation from all post on 2017. As profession he was an advocate and was Law professor at RA Podar College.