New Delhi, November 25:

Prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday shared his condolences upon hearing the news of veteran Congress leader Ahmed Patel’s death. PM Modi in a tweet highlighted that the Congress Rajya Sabha MP’s role in strengthening the Congress party will be remembered for a long time.

PM Modi tweeted, “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 also spoke to Faisal Patel, Ahmed Patel’s son, who in the early hours of Wednesday morning had announced the news of the veteran Congress leader’s death via Twitter. He wrote, “With profound grief and sorrow, I regret to announce the sad and untimely demise of my father, Mr. Ahmed Patel at 25/11/2020 at 3:30am. After testing positive for Covid-19 around a month back, his health worsened further due to multiple organ failures. I request all well-wishers to adhere to Covid-19 law and order regulations by avoiding any mass gatherings and to also maintain social distancing norms at all times.”

Ahmed Patel, Congress Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat, had tested positive for Covid-19 on October 1. He was hospitalized after health complications surfaced due to Covid-19 on November 15.

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Congress MP from Wayanad Rahul Gandhi also shared their condolences upon hearing the news of Patel’s demise.