Senior Congress leader Gurudas Kamat dead

Gurudas Kamat, former union minister and senior Congress leader, died at a private hospital in Delhi after suffering a heart attack this morning. He was 63. He complained of breathlessness and was rushed to the hospital by his driver but he died on the way.

Congress leader Sonia Gandhi visited the hospital and paid her last respects to the leader. Her son and party chief Rahul Gandhi condoled the leader’s death, calling it a “massive blow to the Congress family.” Gandhi is not in the country and he tweeted his condolences from Germany.

Former President Pranab Mukherjee tweeted his condolences as well. “Shocked and pained at the sudden and untimely demise of  Gurudas Kamat. A colleague in the government and the party for many years, his passing away at such young age is tragic,” he tweeted. Home minister Rajnath Singh also expressed his anguish.

Gurudas Kamat served as the former Mumbai Congress President. An advocate by profession, he five-time MP from Mumbai city. He served as the Minister of State for Home Affairs with additional charge of Minister of Communications and Information Technology, 2009 to 2011.

In 2013, he was appointed as AICC General Secretary and was also appointed as a member of the Congress Working Committee. In 2017, he had resigned from all positions that he held at the Congress however he was highly regarded by everyone at the party.

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