New Delhi (NVI): Congress veteran Ahmed Patel passed away in wee hours today losing his nearly two month battle against COVID-19.
Patel died at the age of 71 due to multi organ failure while being admitted to Medanta Hospital in Gurugram.
His son Faisal Patel confirmed the news on Twitter early today.
“With profound grief and 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,” he tweeted, requesting all their well-wishers to adhere to the COVID-19 regulations by avoiding mass gatherings and follow social distancing at all times.
— Faisal Patel (@mfaisalpatel) November 24, 2020
Patel had tested positive for the COVID-19 on October 1 and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of Medanta Hospital on November 15.
Grieving the loss of the Congress veteran, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and said, “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.
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
“Spoke to his son Faisal and expressed condolences. May Ahmed Bhai’s soul rest in peace,” he added.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also mourned Patel’s demise and said, “It is a sad day. Ahmed Patel was a pillar for the Congress Party. He lives and breathed the Congress ans stood with the party through its most difficult times.He was a tremendous asset,” he tweeted.
It is a sad day. Shri Ahmed Patel was a pillar of the Congress party. He lived and breathed Congress and stood with the party through its most difficult times. He was a tremendous asset.
We will miss him. My love and condolences to Faisal, Mumtaz & the family. pic.twitter.com/sZaOXOIMEX
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) November 25, 2020
Born on August 21, 1949, at Piraman village near Bharuch in Gujarat. Patel was a Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat and a serving political secretary to Congress President Sonia Gandhi.