Congress leaders hail Ahmed Patel, recall his contribution to party on birth anniversary

Ahmed Patel, who had served as a Rajya Sabha MP, AICC treasurer and Sonia Gandhi's political secretary, died in November 2020

Ahmed Patel (Photo: National Herald Archives)
Ahmed Patel (Photo: National Herald Archives)


Several Congress leaders paid tributes to Ahmed Patel on his birth anniversary on Monday, saying that for years he was the pillar of the party organisation with effective troubleshooting and crisis management skills.

Patel, who had served as a Rajya Sabha MP, AICC treasurer and Sonia Gandhi's political secretary, died in November 2020.

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge hailed the contribution of Patel.

In a post on X, he said, "Recalling the contribution of senior Congress leader and a valued colleague, Ahmed Patel ji on his birth anniversary." "Throughout his political career, he remained a devoted Congressman, and a support system which anchored the party at all times. His simplicity shall always remain in our hearts," Kharge said.

Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said, "Ahmed Patel, who succumbed to COVID-19 almost 3 years back, would have been 74 today. For years he was a pillar of the Congress party organisation." "Totally self-effacing and low-profile, he had friends in all political parties. His personality lent itself to effective troubleshooting and crisis management in which his skills were acknowledged to be legendary and is still recalled. He was friend, philosopher and guide to a vast many," Ramesh said on X.

Senior Congress leader Mukul Wasnik also paid tributes to Patel on his birth anniversary.

"He was one of the most important pillars of the Indian National Congress but remained unassuming, humble and accessible to one and all. His unparalleled contribution to the party can never be forgotten. My sincere tributes," Wasnik said.

Paying tributes to Patel, Rajeev Shukla said he was a dedicated soldier of Congress and one of the pillars of the party with excellent organisational skills.

"His commitment, leadership, guidance & contributions to the nation will always be remembered," he said.

Mumtaz Patel, the daughter of Ahmed Patel, said on X, "Am sure you are in a much better world than ours .. but we miss you!! Happy Birthday Papa!" Patel's son Faisal said his father was arguably one of the most powerful political leaders of modern day India.

"Let's honor him at his birthplace & our family bastion Bharuch, Gujarat. All are WELCOME," he said on X.

Patel, who kept a low profile, was the quintessential organisation man who was a very effective crisis manager and troubleshooter. 

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Published: 21 Aug 2023, 11:41 AM