The daughter and son of late Congress veteran leader Ahmed Patel have dismissed suggestions of joining active politics and will continue to do social work carried by their deceased father, Times of India reported.
On Monday, several Congress leaders including state’s party president Amit Chavda and others visited Piraman and met the bereaved family. Talking to TOI, Chavda said, “Ahmedbhai’s son and daughter are not considering to join politics but are keen to carry forward their father’s social work. However, we believe that if they pursue active politics, the Congress party and both of them will benefit from Ahmedbadi’s goodwill.”
Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel died on November 25 at a Gurgaon hospital due to COVID-19 related problems. On October 1, Patel, while disclosing that he was tested positive for the COVID-19, had urged all those who came in contact with him in the past few days to undergo self-isolation.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi has penned a heartfelt tribute to her long-time confidant and associate Ahmed Patel, noting that ever since she took over as party chief, he was at her side as her most trusted colleague. She mourned his loss by saying that his demise has come at a time when the party, Indian politics, and public life needed him.
Gandhi said Patel was the quintessential organisational man and he preferred to remain one even when the Congress was in power. “Not for him public office, not any publicity, not for him any form of public recognition or applause. He worked quietly but effectively away from the public glare and spotlight. His style of working perhaps enhanced his value and effectiveness,” she wrote.