A political party does require devoted workers and both the departed leaders stood behind the party’s leadership. Their services become apparent with the sadness of the leaders. Though Rahul Gandhi shouldered the dead body of Ahmed Patel, it was more for his services rendered to his grandmother, father, and mother. He stood like a strong pillar for the party which he had joined as a Youth Congress worker. Tarun Gogoi was also not unimportant than him. Patel could be remembered as a historical character of Abul Fazal for Rahul Gandhi. Is it not a right likeness? The significant name of Akbar’s court may not be justifying him but his wide contributions to the party ratify the grand sameness. One Congress leader has said the party without Ahmed Patel is a no entity.
Born in Bharuch district of Gujarat Ahmed Patel remained Lower House MP thrice and Upper House MP for six terms. He had contested his first election from Bharuch in the year 1977 and won with a margin of 62879 votes while second time he won by 82844 votes. In his third win, he won by 1,23,069 votes. He has been holding Rajya Sabha seat since the year 1993 and was also honoured with Sonia Gandhi’s political adviser since the year 2001.
Tarun Gogoi (86) emerged from the grassroots level. He held various posts in the organisation and first elected Lok Sabha MP in the year 1971. He won for a record six times. He helped the party win elections thrice in Assam. He had been chosen by Indira Gandhi for youth congress in 1971. He was the party’s general secretary in 1985, held the post of Assam Congress president from 1986 to 1990, further came on the same in the year 1996.
Although the grand old party has been facing trouble on political fronts, yet its close confidants are also leaving the organization forever. Ahmad Patel and Tarun Gogoi are the two latest names who died recently. Their deaths are an irreparable loss for the Congress party. Both of them were raised by Indira Gandhi. The role that they played in the party’s progress can not be minimised.