Gurgaon: Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel passed away at a Gurgaon hospital this morning. He was 71.
Patel was critical for a few days and was admitted to the Medanta Hospital in Gurugram. He had contracted COVID-19 and later developed complications.
“With profound grief & sorrow, I regret to announce the sad and untimely demise of my father, Mr Ahmed Patel at 25/11/2020, 03:30 AM. After testing positive for COVID-19 around a month back, his health worsened further due to multiple organ failures. May Allah grant him Jannatul firdaus, inshallah,” Faisal Patel said in the statement.
— Faisal Patel (@mfaisalpatel) November 24, 2020
He was one of the closest aides of party president Sonia Gandhi and was her political adviser.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, have condoled his demise.
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.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 25, 2020