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Congress veteran Ahmed Patel dies of Covid at 71

The senior Congress leader had tested positive for coronavirus in October and was undergoing treatment at a Gurgaon hospital
Congress veteran Ahmed Patel dies due to Covid-19 complications
Congress veteran Ahmed Patel dies due to Covid-19 complications
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Our Bureau   |   New Delhi   |   Published 25.11.20, 07:41 AM

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, one of Sonia Gandhi’s closest political advisers died in the wee hours of Wednesday at Gurgaon's Medanta Hospital.

The veteran politician was 71 and had been admitted there ever since his health condition worsened post covid infection.

Confirming the news, NDTV wrote, “In a tweet at around 4 am, his son, Faisal Patel, said that the Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat died at 3.30 am.”

Faisal Patel, around 4 am, had tweeted from his verified account to share the news of the passing of the Congress Rajya Sabha member and party treasurer.

“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,” he tweeted. He also requested all the well-wishers to maintain social distancing.

Patel had tested positive on October 1 and had announced that he was going into self-isolation. He was admitted to the intensive care unit of Medanta Hospital, Gurgaon on Sunday after developing Covid-19 related complications.

The veteran leader had served as Lok Sabha MP for three terms (1977-1989). He has been representing Gujarat since 1993 at the Rajya Sabha. Having served as the political secretary to Sonia Gandhi, he was the grand old party’s negotiators during the UPA regime.

The news of Patel’s death comes two days after the demise of Tarun Gagaoi, another senior Congress. The former CM of Assam had also contracted the virus in August. He too had been rushed to the hospital, after he complained of breathlessness.

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