Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has offered his condolences on the demise of senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel calling him as the “guiding Light” and extoled his contribution for the Congress party. Joining him, NCP president Sharad Pawar also expressed his grief at the loss of the veteran Congress leader.
Mr. Thackeray mentioned that the role of Ahmed Patel in the formation of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) was immense. It is a collaboration of the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, which came to power in Maharashtra last year.
Ahmed Patel, 71, who was a key figure working for years as the Congress’s backroom strategist, passed away at a Gurugram hospital in the early hours of Wednesday. He was battling complications related to COVID-19.
“The Congress party has lost its Chanakya in Patel’s demise, while the MVA government has lost a guiding light,” Uddhav Thackeray said in a statement.
“I got help from his experience and guidance when the MVA government was formed,” the Maha CM added.
Ahmed Patel remained active in politics and social activities at the same time. NCP leader Sharad Pawar too offered his homage to the deceased Congress leader saying he was deeply saddened at the loss.
“His contributions to the Congress party will always be remembered. My sincere condolences to the members of his family,” Pawar said.
Union minister and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari also tweeted his respect and grief on Patel’s demise.
“Saddened to hear about the demise of veteran Congress leader Ahmed Patel Ji. My sincere condolences to the departed soul. I pray for strength to his family members and supporters in this moment of grief. Om Shanti,” Gadkari tweeted.
Others who also paid their tribute include Maharashtra Congress president Balasaheb Thorat and senior party leader Ashok Chavan. They mentioned the party has lost an experienced, committed and loyal leader as well as a skilled organiser.