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