Ahmed Patel: News

Ahmed Patel is a former Indian politician and MP from the Congress party. He served as the political secretary to Sonia Gandhi who is the President of the Indian National Congress. Patel was also appointed as the parliamentary secretary to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Patel was born on August 21, 1949, in Bharuch. He was an eight-time parliamentarian from Gujarat; three times in Lok Sabha and five times in Rajya Sabha. He started his career in politics in 1976 by standing in the local body elections held in Bharuch. In 1977, the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi chose Patel to contest for the post-emergency Lok Sabha elections from Bharuch. He became the youngest MP to win the polls. He also became the first Muslim leader to be elected to Lok Sabha from Gujarat. Patel won three consecutive Lok Sabha elections- 1977, 1980, and 1984. Patel served as a coordinator between the party and the government while the UPA was in power. He died on November 25, 2020, due to COVID-19.

26 Aug 2022

Jammu And Kashmir

As Congress attacks Azad, 5 other J&K leaders quit party

Commenting on Ghulam Nabi Azad quitting Congress, All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Jairam Ramesh said it was "regrettable" that it came at a time when the party was engaged in fighting the BJP on price rise, unemployment and polarization.

25 Nov 2020

Narendra Modi

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel dies of coronavirus-linked complications

Ahmed Patel, a senior Congress leader and a Gandhi family loyalist, passed away on Wednesday morning at the age of 71, his son Faisal Patel informed.

17 Nov 2020

Madhya Pradesh

AgustaWestland scam: Approver names Kamal Nath's son, other Congress leaders

In a fresh development linked to the Rs. 3,000 crore AgustaWestland deal, the accused-turned-approver Rajiv Saxena has named Madhya Pradesh's former Chief Minister Kamal Nath's son, as well as Congress leaders Salman Khurshid and Ahmed Patel, reports IE.

22 Sep 2020

Shashi Tharoor

Suspended MPs protest overnight, Harivansh offers tea, PM lauds gesture

Eight members of the Rajya Sabha, who were suspended by Chairman Venkaiah Naidu on Monday over the ruckus a day earlier, spent the night at the Parliament complex, continuing their protest over the passage of farm Bills.

12 Sep 2020


In Congress rejig, Azad gets axed, team Rahul records gains

Before she is expected to fly to the US for her annual medical check-up, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday reshuffled the party's ranks, dropping veteran leader Ghulam Nabi Azad as the General Secretary of AICC.

31 Jul 2020


Team Rahul blames Old Guard for decline at Congress meet

A virtual meeting of Congress parliamentarians on Thursday turned into a war of words between leaders, said to be close to ex-party President Rahul Gandhi, and the ministers of UPA-II, who worked under former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, multiple reports said.

14 Jul 2020


Rajasthan crisis: 'Rebel' Sachin Pilot skips second Congress meeting

Sending a clear message to Congress that he isn't impressed with whatever he is being offered, Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot skipped another meeting on Tuesday. He also remained absent from Monday's meeting, called to show CM Ashok Gehlot's "strength."

20 Feb 2020


Sandeep Dikshit rants about Congress' leadership, Shashi Tharoor backs him

After Congress faced yet another election defeat, this time in the state that it ruled for fifteen years, several leaders assessed the debacle.

23 Nov 2019


Congress calls Maharashtra coup 'black-day'; displays confidence in defeating BJP

On Saturday, the Congress held a press conference to address the recent developments in the state of Maharashtra.

22 Nov 2019


Maharashtra: Congress, NCP, Shiv Sena likely to announce alliance today

The Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Shiv Sena will hold a meeting in Mumbai on Friday to further their talks over an alliance in Maharashtra. They are likely to make an announcement about joining hands later on Friday.

Maharashtra: After Governor denies extension, Sena approaches SC

Shiv Sena is hoping it governs Maharashtra, but it got a setback yesterday after Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari asked it to present numbers before 7:30 pm.

10 Oct 2019


For calling Modis "thieves", Rahul pleads not guilty in court

Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi returned to India from his trip to Cambodia on Thursday, and his first stop was a court in Surat where he appeared in connection to a defamation case.

22 Aug 2019


Chidambaram arrested: CBI, ED are revenge seeking departments, says Congress

The dramatic arrest of P Chidambaram from his residence on Wednesday night forced Congress to reach out to the other Opposition parties.

20 Aug 2019

Pranab Mukherjee

Manmohan Singh talks about intolerance, disturbing trends, and mob violence

Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Tuesday needled the intolerance debate by saying the country witnessed disturbing trends in the last few years.

09 Aug 2019

Shashi Tharoor

Congress to pick party chief at tomorrow's CWC meet

In a possible conclusion to the leadership crisis of the Indian National Congress, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, scheduled to be held on Saturday, will pick a new party chief, sources said.

09 Aug 2019


Pranab Da gets Bharat Ratna, Gandhis skip event. But why?

Pranab Mukherjee, one of the tallest leaders of Congress, was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor on Thursday, by President Ram Nath Kovind.

04 Jul 2019


Few have the courage: Priyanka praises Rahul after his resignation

A day after Rahul Gandhi publicly announced his resignation from the post of Congress President, sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra hailed his decision saying few have courage like him.

05 May 2019

Narendra Modi

Rahul sends love to Modi after he calls Rajiv "corrupt"

Taking the political discourse in the country to a new low, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday told Rahul Gandhi that his father Rajiv was "corrupt number 1" when he died.

11 Apr 2019

Uttar Pradesh

Laser was pointed seven times at Rahul Gandhi, claims Congress

In a disturbing development, Congress has claimed security was breached during party president Rahul Gandhi's visit in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday.

05 Apr 2019

Narendra Modi

VK Singh says Army isn't Modi's sena, then takes U-turn

In what seemed like a clear denunciation of Yogi Adityanath's "Modiji ki sena" comment, Union Minister General VK Singh said on Thursday the Indian Army belonged to the entire country.

The truth behind Justice AK Sikri's post-retirement 'plum job'

Justice AK Sikri, who voted in favor of the transfer of former CBI Chief Alok Verma, has declined a post-retirement job at the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal (CSAT).

06 Dec 2018


Christian Michel, alleged AgustaWestland middleman, questioned overnight

Christian Michel was questioned by the CBI overnight and slept for only two hours, sources privy to the development told PTI.

In protest against CBI-fiasco, RaGa leads Opposition march against Centre

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday spearheaded the protest against Centre's move of sending two top officials of CBI on leave.

30 Aug 2018


Rafale Deal: In tweet, Amit Shah questions Rahul Gandhi's IQ

BJP President Amit Shah took a dig at his Congress counterpart Rahul Gandhi saying the nation's IQ was higher than the latter's.

No NOTA in Rajya Sabha elections, rules Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has ruled the option of "none of the above" (NOTA) cannot be permitted in Rajya Sabha elections.

22 Jul 2018


At first CWC-meet, RaGa reminds of "role, responsibility" of Congress

Rahul Gandhi, appointed the Congress chief in December, is chairing his first Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting today, two days after the party's joint no-confidence motion was staggeringly defeated in parliament.

14 Jul 2018

Narendra Modi

Mahendrasinh Vaghela, son of ex-Gujarat CM Shankarsinh Vaghela, joins BJP

Former Gujarat CM Shankarsinh Vaghela's son Mahendrasinh, a two-time Congress MLA, has joined BJP today.

SC to hear Ahmed Patel's plea against petition challenging RS-election

The Supreme Court will hear Congress leader Ahmed Patel's petition seeking a direction to the Gujarat High Court to not proceed with a plea challenging his election to the Rajya Sabha on July 9.

25 May 2018

Narendra Modi

6 incredible Indian political jodis - Guess who's on top?

Politics is futile without relationships, some honest while many superficial.

02 May 2018

Narendra Modi

Ahmed Patel writes to PM over bullet-train project land acquisition

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel has expressed his reservations over the way farmers' land was being acquired for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project and wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention.

03 Apr 2018

Narendra Modi

Smriti Irani releases circular on 'fake news', PMO withdraws it

Hours after the I&B Ministry issued a controversial circular to curb fake news, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has withdrawn it.

14 Mar 2018

Shiv Sena

Sonia's dinner: 20 Opposition parties discuss politics "informally"

Members of 20 Opposition parties came together on Tuesday at a dinner hosted by Congress leader Sonia Gandhi.

04 Mar 2018


Meghalaya: BJP-Congress rush to forge post-poll alliances

A hung verdict in Meghalaya has left India's two biggest parties scrambling to garner support to form the government.

03 Mar 2018


Tripura, Meghalaya, Nagaland poll results: BJP romps to power

Vote-counting in the North-Eastern states Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland was held today.

30 Dec 2017


#ThatWas2017: Modi's consolidation to Rahul's makeover, Indian politics didn't disappoint!

Like a Hindi blockbuster, there is never a dull moment in Indian politics.

Congress's Ahmed Patel and his kin under ED scanner

After losing Gujarat and Himachal, newly-elected Congress president faces another setback. His mother Sonia Gandhi's most trusted lieutenant Ahmed Patel and his family are under the Enforcement Directorate's (ED) scanner in relation to a money laundering case.

15 Dec 2017


Sonia retires as Congress President: A new era in Congress

A day before Rahul Gandhi officially takes charge as the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi has announced her retirement as its President.

14 Dec 2017


Following Rahul's elevation, what will Sonia Gandhi's role be?

During her 19-year tenure as Congress president, Sonia Gandhi has certainly revived the party. However, with her failing health, she has slowly relinquished her hold.

11 Dec 2017


Mani Shankar Aiyar's dinner attended by former army chief, ex-diplomats

The Gujarat elections' slugfest has veered in a different direction after Congress's Mani Shankar Aiyar called PM Narendra Modi a "neech" (low-life) person.

10 Dec 2017


Modi alleges "secret meeting" between Aiyar and Pakistan officials

Ahead of the second phase of polling in the Gujarat elections, PM Narendra Modi has upped the ante against the Congress.