Congress veteran crisis manager Ahmed Patel passes away due to COVID-19
I have lost an irreplaceable comrade, says Congress President
Tributes were paid by President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Sonia Gandhi to senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, who died on Wednesday morning.
Mr. Kovind tweeted, “Distressed to know that veteran Congress leader Ahmed Patel is no more. An astute Parliamentarian, Shri Patel combined the skills of a strategist and the charm of a mass leader. His amiability won him friends across party lines. My condolences to his family and friends.”
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who often depended on Mr. Patel to communicate with the party and Ms. Gandhi, said his knowledge of the Congress was unmatched. “In his death, the Congress party and this country, has lost a very good leader who always thought for the betterment of the poor and downtrodden people of the society”, he wrote in a letter to Mr. Patel’s wife, Memoona Ahmed.
He was an asset: Rahul
Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, who often didn’t share a cordial relationship with Mr. Patel, called him an asset. “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”, he tweeted.