Senior Congress leader and the party’s top strategist Ahmed Patel died in a Gurugram hospital due to multi-organ failure. He was suffering from complications related to COVID-19.
Patel (71), who was critical for a few days, was admitted to the Medanta hospital in Gurugram on November 15 after he developed complications.
His son Faisal said he died at 3.30 am.
“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 said in a tweet.
He also urged all well-wishers to adhere to the COVID-19 regulations by avoiding mass gatherings.
“AP” to his friends and “Ahmed Bhai” to colleagues, Patel was one of the closest aides of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and her political secretary for a long time.
Political leaders across party lines remembered Patel for his contribution
Vijay Rupani, Gujarat Chief Minister
In a tweet said he was saddened by the demise of the senior Congress leader. “His role in strengthening the Congress party and his social work will always be remembered. I pray to God to give peace to his soul and strength to his family members to endure this suffering,”
કોંગ્રેસના વરિષ્ઠ નેતા અને રાજ્યસભાના સાંસદ શ્રી અહેમદભાઈ પટેલના દુઃખદ અવસાનથી શોકમગ્ન છું. કોંગ્રેસ પાર્ટીને મજબૂત બનાવવામાં તેમની ભૂમિકા અને તેમના સામાજીક કાર્યો હંમેશા યાદ રહેશે.
પ્રભુ એમના આત્માને શાંતિ અર્પે અને પરિવારને આ દુ:ખ સહન કરવાની શક્તિ બક્ષે એ જ પ્રાર્થના.
— Vijay Rupani (@vijayrupanibjp) November 25, 2020
Uddhav Thackeray , Maharashtra Chief Minister
“The Congress party has lost its Chanakya in Patel’s demise, while the MVA government has lost a guiding light.” “I got help from his experience and guidance when the MVA government was formed.”
Sharad Pawar, NCP president
Deeply saddened to know about the demise of veteren congress leader Shri Ahmed Patel. His contribution to @INCIndia will always be remembered.
My sincere condolences to members of his family.
— Sharad Pawar (@PawarSpeaks) November 25, 2020
Capt Amarinder Singh, Punjab Chief Minister
Shocked & saddened to learn about the untimely passing away of senior Congress leader & friend #AhmedPatel ji. He was a dedicated worker, strong anchor of our party & steered it through difficult times. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends & workers. We will miss you. pic.twitter.com/0nb5NaH4ZZ
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) November 25, 2020
Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport & Highways
Saddened to hear about the demise of veteran Congress leader Ahmed Patel Ji. My sincere condolences to the departed soul. I pray for strength to his family members and supporters in this moment of grief. Om Shanti.
— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) November 25, 2020
Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change; Information & Broadcasting
कांग्रेस के वरिष्ठ नेता एवं राज्यसभा सांसद अहमद पटेल जी के निधन का समाचार सुनकर दुख हुआ। इस दुःखद घड़ी में उनके परिजनों और समर्थकों के प्रति मेरी संवेदना है । ॐ शांति।
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) November 25, 2020
Omar Abdullah, Former Jammu And Kashmir Chief Minister
My father & I are deeply saddened to hear about the demise of Ahmed Patel Sb. Our relationship with Ahmed bhai is both political & personal and has been a long one. May Allah grant him place in Jannat & may the family find strength at this difficult time.
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) November 25, 2020
Sachin Pilot, Congress Leader
Extremely saddened to learn of Shri Ahmed Patel ji has passed away.
Shri Patel has left a void which can not be filled.He was a dedicated congressman, a passionate nationalist and friend and mentor to so many…
I join in grief with Faisal, Mumtaz, and the rest of the family. ?
— Sachin Pilot (@SachinPilot) November 25, 2020
Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP
अहमद पटेल गेले. काँग्रेस आणि गांधी कुटुंबास अत्यंत गरज असतानाच ते गेले. पक्ष निष्ठेची पाठशाळा म्हणजे अहमद पटेल. काँग्रेसचा एक मजबूत स्तंभ कोसळून पडला. एक विनम्र नेत्यास माझी विनम्र श्रध्दांजली.
अहमद भाई आपने ये क्या किया? pic.twitter.com/SEw4hvGT6k
— Sanjay Raut (@rautsanjay61) November 25, 2020
Priyanka Chaturvedi , Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP
I have no words, my heartfelt condolences to all of you at home Faisal.
He was a great human being before being a powerhouse of a politician. I will forever be indebted to him for his warmth, his guidance, his support and his kindness.
This is a personal loss. Farewell sir. https://t.co/c3aMIR7HYe
— Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) November 25, 2020
Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister
कांग्रेस के वरिष्ठ नेता श्री अहमद पटेल के निधन का दुःखद समाचार मिला है।
ईश्वर दिवंगत आत्मा को शांति दें और उनके परिजनों को इस वज्रपात को सहने की क्षमता दें, मैं यही प्रार्थना करता हूँ।
— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) November 25, 2020
Kapil Sibal, Congress Leader
I never thought
you’ll go so soon
will feel the loss
Congress has lost
It’s Northern Star
who guided it
dotted the i’s
untied the knots
for you the Party
was your first love
you never thought
— Kapil Sibal (@KapilSibal) November 25, 2020
Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Chief Minister
Shocked to know abt the demise of Ahmed Patel ji. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and supporters. May his soul rest in peace.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 25, 2020
Sarbananda Sonowal, Assam Chief Minister
Saddened to learn about the demise of veteran @INCIndia leader Ahmed Patel ji. My deepest condolences to his family and well-wishers. May his soul rest in peace.
— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) November 25, 2020
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress General Secretary
My deepest condolences to Ahmedji’s whole family, especially Mumtaz and @mfaisalpatel.
Your father’s service and commitment to our party was immeasurable. We will all miss him immensely. May his courage pass on to you and give you strength to face this tragedy. pic.twitter.com/M5x66zC3Sm
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) November 25, 2020
Ahmed ji was not only a wise and experienced colleague to whom I constantly turned for advice and counsel, he was a friend who stood by us all, steadfast, loyal, and dependable to the end.
His passing away leaves an immense void. May his soul rest in peace.
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) November 25, 2020
Randeep Singh Surjewala, Congress Chief Spokesman, Media Cell Chief
जिन्हें हर छोटा बड़ा, दोस्त, साथी..विरोधी भी…एक ही नाम से सम्मान देते- ‘अहमद भाई’!
वो जिन्होंने सदा निष्ठा व कर्तव्य निभाया,
वो जिन्होंने सदा पार्टी को ही परिवार माना,
वो जिन्होंने सदा राजनीतिक लकीरें मिटा दिलों पर छाप छोड़ी,
अब भी विश्वास नही..
अलविदा “अहमद जी”? pic.twitter.com/NRCwHPNZLl
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) November 25, 2020
Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister West Bengal
Saddened and shocked at the passing away of Ahmed Patel. He was a quiet, affable person. My condolences to his family, admirers and his colleagues.
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) November 25, 2020
Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister Odisha
Deeply saddened by the passing away of veteran Congress leader Shri #AhmedPatel Ji. My thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved family. May his soul rest in peace.
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) November 25, 2020
Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress Leader
Extremely sad and shocked on the demise of Ahmed bhai.
Really no words to express the pain and sorrow.
You will always be remembered and cherished in our heart.
— Ghulam Nabi Azad (@ghulamnazad) November 25, 2020