Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel passes away due to Covid-19 complications

71-year-old Ahmed Patel was undergoing treatment for coronavirus after testing positive last month. In a tweet on October 1, he had requested those who had come in contact with him to self-isolate
By | Edited by Karan Manral | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 06:42 AM IST
Ahmed Patel (File photo)(PTI)

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, who was in hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) last month, passed away in early hours of Wednesday due to multiple organ failures, his son Faisal Patel announced in a tweet.

“With profound grief and sorrow, I regret to announce the sad and untimely demise of my father, Mr. Ahmed Patel at 25/11/2020 at 3:30am. After testing positive for Covid-19 around a month back, his health worsened further due to multiple organ failures. I request all well-wishers to adhere to Covid-19 law and order regulations by avoiding any mass gatherings and to also maintain social distancing norms at all times,” Faisal Patel tweeted.


A Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat and a treasurer of the Congress, Patel was an eight-term parliamentarian and considered to be a close aide of interim party president Sonia Gandhi. On November 15, he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Gurugram’s Medanta Hospital for further treatment.

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Announcing he had tested positive for coronavirus, Patel had on October 1 tweeted: “I have tested positive for Covid-19. I request all those who came in close contact with me recently, to self isolate.”

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Patel’s death comes just two days after the demise of another senior Congress leader and former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi. Incidentally, 84-year-old Gogoi, too, had tested positive for Covid-19, in August, and was rushed to hospital again, on November 2, after complaining of breathlessness.

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