Interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi has deeply mourned the passing away of her most trusted aide Ahmed Patel. In her condolence message for Patel, who served as her political secretary for years and was the All India Congress Committee treasurer, party chief Sonia Gandhi said, ‘In Shri Ahmed Patel, I have lost a colleague, whose entire life was dedicated to the Congress Party.’
His faithfulness and dedication, commitment to his duty, always being there to help and generosity were rare qualities that distinguished him from others, she added.
‘I have lost an irreplaceable comrade, a faithful colleague and a friend. I mourn his passing and I feel deeply for his bereaved family to whom I offer my sincere feelings of empathy and support,’ the Congress president said.
Patel was an eight-time parliamentarian — five times in the Rajya Sabha, three times in the Lok Sabha.