Ahmedbhai Muhammedbhai Patel, known as Ahmed Patel, was an Indian politician and Member of Parliament from the Indian National Congress.
18 Facts About Ahmed Patel
Ahmed Patel was the political secretary to Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
Ahmed Patel was the treasurer of the All India Congress Committee.
Ahmed Patel was born on 21 August 1949, in the small village piraman, Ta-Ankleshwar, dist-Bharuch-based agriculturalist family, as the third child of Mohammed Ishaakji Ahmed Patel and Hawaben Mohammedbhai in the western Indian state of Gujarat.
Ahmed Patel went on to join the Youth Congress, the youth wing of the Indian National Congress.
Ahmed Patel started his political career by contesting local body elections in the Bharuch District of Gujarat in 1976.
Ahmed Patel was selected by the then Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, in 1977 to contest elections for the Sixth Lok Sabha from Bharuch.
Ahmed Patel went on to win the elections, and won subsequent Lok Sabha elections in 1980 and 1984, continuing to represent Bharuch in the Parliament through 1989.
Ahmed Patel was appointed the secretary of the Jawahar Bhavan Trust in 1988 and is credited with having completed the construction of the Jawahar Bhavan in time for Nehru's birth centenary celebrations.
In 2005, Ahmed Patel was inducted into the Rajya Sabha for his fourth term.
Ahmed Patel is only the second Muslim after Ehsan Jafri to be elected as a Lok Sabha MP in Gujarat.
Ahmed Patel served as political secretary to Sonia Gandhi, the president of the Indian National Congress.
Ahmed Patel had served as the parliamentary secretary to the late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1985.
Ahmed Patel had been appointed as the treasurer of the All India Congress Committee in 2018, replacing senior party member Motilal Vora.
Ahmed Patel was considered a part of the power center in the Congress party due to his proximity to the president, Sonia Gandhi.
Ahmed Patel was known to keep a low profile and rarely interacted with the media.
Ahmed Patel died on 25 November 2020, due to multiple organ failure stemming from COVID-19.
Ahmed Patel had been admitted to the Medanta Hospital and was in the ICU upon being diagnosed with COVID-19.