Senior Congress leader and five-time parliamentarian Gurudas Kamat passed away on Wednesday morning in Primus hospital in New Delhi’s Chanakyapuri. He was 63. The news was shared by Satyajeet Tambe Patil, the vice-president of Maharashtra Youth Congress, through a tweet where he said that the demise of Kamat is a great loss for the party. “Shocked … My leader Gurudas Kamat is no more. It is my personal loss as well as unrepairable loss of Congress party,” said Tambe. UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi visited the hospital and paid her last respects to the great leader.
Former President Pranab Mukherjee also expressed shock over the untimely death of congress leader. In a tweet, Mukherjee said, “Shocked and pained at the sudden and untimely demise of Shri Gurudas Kamat. A colleague in the government and the party for many years, his passing away at such young age is tragic.”
Home minister Rajnath Singh tweeted, “Anguished by the sudden demise of former Union minister and senior Congress leader Shri Gurudas Kamat. He was a seasoned leader who had also served the nation as the MoS in the MHA. My thoughts are with his family and supporters.”
While, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted, “Shocked and deeply anguished to learn about the sudden demise of Congress Leader Sh Gurudas Kamat ji. No words are enough to describe the sense of loss. My deepest condolences to his family, friends and followers. I pray for the departed soul.”
In a tweet, Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said, “Shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the sudden demise of senior Congress leader Gurudas Kamat. His passing away is an irreparable loss for us. My heartfelt condolences to his family members, may god give them strength to bear this loss. May his soul rest in peace.”
Kamat had served as a member of Parliament from Mumbai’s North West parliamentary constituency in 2009 and Mumbai’s North East Constituency in 1984, 1991, 1998 and 2004.
The Congress leader was a lawyer by profession. He also served as a Minister of State in the Union Home Ministry with an additional charge of Minister of Communication and Information Technology (2009 to 2011) during the second stint of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.
In 2013, the Congress’ central leadership had appointed Kamat as General Secretary of All India Congress Committee (AICC) and given him the charge of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu. He was also appointed as a member of the CWC (Congress Working Committee), which is being considered to be the top-decision making body of the Indian National Congress. In 2016, Kamat had resigned from all party posts for the second time in a row.