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.

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.

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.

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.

30 Aug 2018

Rahul Gandhi

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.

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.

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.

29 Dec 2017


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.

29 Nov 2017

Rahul Gandhi

Somnath temple: Rahul's sign in "non-Hindu" list, Congress cries "fake"

Ahead of the Gujarat elections, Rahul's temple-hopping led him to Somnath temple.

28 Oct 2017


Gujarat CM Rupani demands Ahmed Patel's resignation for "recruiting" terrorist

Ahead of the Gujarat Assembly Elections, CM Vijay Rupani has leveled a sensational charge against Sonia Gandhi's aide and Congress leader Ahmed Patel.

29 Aug 2017


Sharad Yadav's rebellion in JD(U): His reinvention or doom?

JD(U)'s Sharad Yadav has announced he still stands with the "Mahagathbandhan" despite Nitish Kumar's decision to break away. This came after JD(U) joined hands with the NDA .

21 Aug 2017


HC notice to EC, Ahmed Patel over Gujarat RS polls

The Congress' victory in the Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls was a fluke: party candidate Ahmed Patel won only because two votes by rebel members of the Congress were declared invalid.

13 Aug 2017


Ahmed Patel's win: When Congress oldies scored over newbies!

After repeated setbacks, the Congress Party seems to have gotten a new lease of life with Ahmed Patel's recent victory in the Rajya Sabha elections.

10 Aug 2017

Nitin Patel

Shaktisinh Gohil, the man who clinched a win for Congress

Many factors combined together led to the victory for Congress' Ahmed Patel in the Gujarat RS elections, but the role of the party's polling agent can't be overlooked.

10 Aug 2017


EC's historic decision changes course of Gujarat RS polls

Tuesday's Rajya Sabha polls of Gujarat were significant in more ways than one. Firstly, there's the matter of Ahmed Patel managing to keep Congress' hope afloat by clinching a win.

10 Aug 2017


Congress crackdown on cross-voting MLAs; 8 expelled for 6 years

After Ahmed Patel's win, Congress has shown that there is no place for dissent in the party.

09 Aug 2017


Gujarat RS elections: Congress' Ahmed Patel wins fifth term

In a dramatic election, violation of rules by two rebel Congress MLAs helped the opposition party save face in Gujarat.

08 Aug 2017


Election Commission declares votes of 2 Congress rebels invalid

As per the rules, a legislator can't show his ballot-paper to anyone, except his own party representative.

08 Aug 2017


Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls: Follow latest developments here

Polling day is here for the Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls that saw a lot of dramatic ongoings. Contesting for three seats are BJP leaders Amit Shah, Smriti Irani and Balwantsinh Rajput, and Congress' Ahmed Patel.

NOTA to be available in Gujarat RS polls, rules SC

Despite opposition from BJP and Congress, the SC has ruled that the option of NOTA- None Of The Above- will be available in the Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls.

30 Jul 2017


BJP's Congress defection antics: EC demands response from Gujarat government

Amid ongoing political drama surrounding allegations on BJP weaning away Congress MLAs in the Gujarat Assembly, the Election Commission asked the Gujarat government to submit a report on the same.

28 Jul 2017


RS polls: 3 Gujarat Congress leaders join hands with BJP

Ahead of RS polls, Congress is in for a major setback after three senior MLAs from Gujarat Assembly resigned and joined BJP in Amit Shah's presence in Gandhinagar on Thursday.