An period has come to an finish with Ahmed Patel’s demise. Ahmed Patel was Congress social gathering’s ‘sankatmochak’, fondly referred to as as Ahmed bhai or AP. He was a pacesetter who was all the time obtainable and accessable, not just for the netas however reporters as properly.
For a Congress reporter, AP was the ultimate authority when it got here to affirmation on any data relating to the Congress social gathering. Nonetheless, his response to a reporter’s question would come solely publish midnight. And there was no query of it going unsuitable ever. He would all the time reply to the messages or calls that he would get from folks.
Not like many leaders of in the present day’s Congress, AP would all the time be certain that no message or telephone name ever received unanswered. It was by no means a shock to get a name or a message from him within the wee hours.
I keep in mind getting a name from him throughout the first lockdown, enquiring about my and household’s wellbeing. He referred to as each Congress beat reporter and enquired about their well being and their households. Infact, he was the one Congress chief to do this. He requested me to be cautious of the lethal virus and take all precautions. Again then, little did I do know that he would himself grow to be a prey to this merciless virus.
Along with his demise, a chapter has gotten over within the Congress. Other than the Gandhis, he was the one chief who had an acceptability throughout the nation, and amongst all of the Congressmen. He was not a person whom you’ll see giving TV interviews and taking credit score for the problems that he had resolved. Infact most frequently he would inform us to not use his identify whereas reporting the story. He won’t have been seen on tv however behind the curtains, he was THE man, who ran the present for the Congress social gathering for greater than a decade.
Only a day earlier than his demise, a senior chief advised me “this man’s hospitalisation at this second just isn’t good for us”. He was somebody who might make two warring factions of the social gathering come on one desk. He acted as a bridge between the younger and the outdated guard of the Congress social gathering, a pacesetter who was mates with many within the outdated guard and was regarded and revered by the younger ones too.
His demise brings the period of Sonia Gandhi‘s politics in Congress to an finish, however Congress maybe want an Ahmed Patel greater than ever. Occasion is on the crossroads the place seniors are discovering fault with the current day Congress and juniors are additionally feeling directionless. Congress wants a pacesetter which might deliver the grand-old-party and its leaders on one platform once more.