Ahmed Patel Death: Senior Congress leader, party treasurer and very close to Sonia Gandhi Ahmed Patel Died at the age of 71 years. Ahmed Patel, who lived a political life of nearly four decades, was known as a shy leader of the Congress. In the year 2017, when the Rajya Sabha elections were being held in Gujarat, to defeat them, a pair of Amit Shah and PM Narendra Modi had made a tremendous fortification against them. Balwant Singh Rajput, who came to the BJP from the Congress, was nominated by Shah. Apart from this, six Congress MLAs had left the party. In such a situation, it seemed difficult for Ahmed Patel to reach the Upper House of Parliament for the fifth time in a row, but Ahmed Patel not only reiterated his victory by proving all political fears wrong but also gave vent to the opposition’s efforts to undermine Sonia Gandhi. . Patel was a Rajya Sabha MP continuously since 1993.
Born on August 21, 1949 in Ankleshwar, Gujarat, Ahmed Patel started his political career with municipal elections. He won his first election as the chairman of Talluka Panchayat. With his hard work and dedication, Patel became a fiery and young hardworking leader of the Congress. After this, he came in contact with the then PM Indira Gandhi. He was the President of Gujarat Youth Congress from 1977 to 1982.
Ahmed Patel was a major contributor to many Congress successes.
In 1977, when Indira Gandhi herself lost the election, when there was a wind against Indira Gandhi all over the country, Ahmad Patel not only reached Parliament by winning the Lok Sabha elections from Bharuch for the first time, but also won the Congress in Gujarat. He was continuously active in central politics since 1977. He won the 1977, 1980 and 1984 Lok Sabha elections from Bharuch itself.
After Indira Gandhi’s assassination, in 1984, when Rajiv Gandhi became Prime Minister, Ahmed Patel was made Rajiv Gandhi his Parliamentary Secretary. Even after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in the year 1991, Ahmed Patel remained a trusted confidant of the Gandhi family. When Sonia Gandhi entered politics, it was Ahmed Patel who supported Sonia Gandhi on every occasion and strategized behind the scenes to win the 2004 elections.
Sonia Gandhi spoke on the death of Ahmed Patel – I lost a loyal colleague and friend
Ahmed Patel was the only Congress leader whose office was also in Sonia Gandhi’s residence at 10 Janpath. Patel was a powerful leader of the Congress. In 2018, the then Congress President Rahul Gandhi also made him the treasurer of the party in confidence.