The Congress lost two most prominent leaders to COVID-19 in the span of a week. The party is at big loss with the demise of Congress Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and eight-time parliamentarian Ahmed Patel.
Both leaders were treasurers of the Congress and celebrated for their ability to retain their sanity amid wicked politics and keeping the grand old party well-coordinated with others
Gogoi, a former Union Minister and traditional Congressman, died at the age of 86 earlier this week.
Gogoi was Assam’s longest-serving CM and sitting member of Assam assembly related to the sector of politics for over 50 years during which he acquired various positions within the Congress party in both the central government as well as Assam’s state administration.
He also served as the President of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) in 1986–90 and led the party to a record three consecutive electoral victories in Assam in 2001, 2006 and 2011.
Congress President Smt Sonia Gandhi’s condolence message on the demise of Shri Ahmed Patel. pic.twitter.com/JiOwjr3j1n
— Congress (@INCIndia) November 25, 2020
He earned national stature, as a pacesetter after he was elected Joint Secretary of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) in 1976 and under the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
After developing a protracted illness following his recovery from COVID-19, Gogoi died on Monday evening. He also suffered multi-organ failures and was on non-invasive ventilation (NIV) since he was admitted to the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) on November 2, was put under invasive ventilation.
Meanwhile, with the demise of Ahmed Patel today, the Congress party has become barren of what the BJP lost with the death of Arun Jaitley.
Known as one of Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s closest aide and her ‘man Friday’, Patel’s passing has left an indelible stain on the grand old party.
“In Shri Ahmed Patel, I’ve lost a colleague, whose entire life was dedicated to Congress. I’ve lost an irreplaceable comrade, a faithful colleague & a friend. Feel deeply for his bereaved family to whom I offer my sincere feelings of empathy & support,” the Congress chief condoled.
A three-time Lok Sabha member and five-time Rajya Sabha MP, Patel was considered as the party’s troubleshooter as he played the key leader in steering the party out of inauspicious situations.
Patel died due to multiple-organ failure after his two-month-long battle with COVID-19. He was 71. The news of his demise was shared by his son Faisal Patel in a tweet as he said that the Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat died at 3.30 am today.