PM Modi, BJP leaders condole Ahmed Patel's demise
- Ahmed Patel died at a private Gurgaon hospital due to COVID-19-related complications
- PM Modi said Ahmed Patel's role in strengthening the Congress will always be remembered
- Rahul Gandhi called Patel a 'pillar of the Congress party'
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders on Wednesday condoled the demise of senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying his role in strengthening the Congress will always be remembered.
Taking to Twitter, PM Modi said, "Saddened by the demise of Ahmed Patel Ji. He spent years in public life, serving society."
"Known for his sharp mind, his role in strengthening the Congress Party would always be remembered. Spoke to his son Faisal and expressed condolences. May Ahmed Bhai’s soul rest in peace," he added.
BJP national president JP Nadda condoled Patel's death, saying, "Deeply anguished to hear about the demise of veteran Congress leader Shri Ahmed Patel Ji. I pray for strength to the family members and his supporters at this hour of grief."
Union Home Minister Amit Shah underlined the "significant contribution to the Congress party and to public life" in his tribute for Patel.
"The news about the death of senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel is very sad. Ahmed Patel made a significant contribution to the Congress party and public life. I express my condolences to his family and supporters in this hour of grief. May god bless the departed soul," Shah tweeted.
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh paid tribute to the veteran leader by saying he was a "seasoned leader who made remarkable contribution to his party and public life".
"Saddened by the demise of senior Congress Leader and MP, Shri Ahmed Patel ji. Ahmed Bhai had friends across party lines. My thoughts are with his family and well-wishers in this sad hour," Singh said in a tweet.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani tweeted, "I am saddened by the sad demise of senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Shri Ahmedbhai Patel. His role in strengthening the Congress party and his social work will always be remembered."
A Rajya Sabha MP from, Patel died at a private hospital in Gurgaon on Wednesday morning, his son Faisal Patel confirmed in a statement.
He had contracted the COVID-19 infection on October 1 and was admitted to the ICU of Gurgaon's Medanta hospital on November 15 after multiple organ failures.