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Great friend, irreplaceable comrade: Congress leaders remember Ahmed Patel

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Senior Congressional leaders, including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Party Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Rajya Sabha opposition leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, paid tribute to veteran party leader and MP Rajya Sabha Ahmed Patel on Wednesday, who died earlier that day. Faisal Patel, son of Ahmed Patel, announced his father’s death from multiple organ failure on Twitter. Ahmed Patel had tested positive for Covid-19 a month ago.

Congress party chair Sonia Gandhi said Ahmed Patel was a colleague whose entire life was dedicated to the Congress party. She called him “an irreplaceable comrade, a faithful colleague and a friend” and offered her empathy and support for her grieving family. Dr. Manmohan Singh said that Ahmed Patel was a great friend and trusted leader of the party and that his passing is an “irreparable loss for the Congress party.”

“On Shri’s shocking disappearance. Ahmed Patel ji, the Congress Party has lost one of its strongest pillars and the nation has lost a deeply dedicated leader. It is with great regret that we extend our deepest condolences to his family and supporters at this time of pain, “the Congress party tweeted.

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The leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam, Nabi Azad, tweeted: “Extremely saddened and shocked by the disappearance of Ahmed bhai. There are really no words to express the pain and sadness. You will always be remembered and appreciated in our hearts. Rest in peace my brother. #AhmadPatel ”.

MP Rajya Sabha and former Union Minister KC Venugopal expressed his condolences to Ahmed Patel’s family and remembered him as dedicated and humble. He also said that Ahmed Patel’s wise words will be lost in the match.

Randeep Singh Surjewala, general secretary of Congress, expressed his condolences saying that Ahmed Patel was closer to everyone in the party and always considered the party as his family.

MP Rajya Sabha and Congress Leader Kapil Sibal tweeted that “Congress has lost the North Star that guided it for so long” and fondly recalled his long and steadfast friendship with Ahmed Patel.

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Earlier in the day, party leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi also expressed their condolences on Twitter to Patel’s family. Rahul Gandhi called him a pillar of the Congress party and a great asset. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had said that his passing had left a huge void and called him a wise and experienced colleague.

Faisal Patel has urged supporters to strictly adhere to Covid-19 regulations by avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining social distancing.

Hindustan Times

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