Ahmed Patel

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Ahmed Patel
Member of Parliament for
In office
Preceded by Chandubhai Deshmukh
Succeeded by Mansinhji Rana
Member of Parliament for
Assumed office
August 2011
Personal details
Born Ahmed Patel
(1949-08-21) 21 August 1949 (age 65)
Bharuch, Gujarat, India
Nationality Indian
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Memoona Patel (Child
marriage; estranged)
Residence 23, Mother Teresa Crescent
Alma mater South Gujarat University
Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
Religion Islam


Ahmed Patel (born 21 August 1949) is a senior leader of Indian National Congress party. He is the present political secretary to Congress President and Leader Sonia Gandhi.[2]

Early life[edit]

Ahmed Patel was born in the village Piraman near the industrial city of Ankleshwar, Bharuch in Gujarat to Mohammed Ishakji Patel and Hawaben Mohammedbhai. Patel received his BSc at Shree Jayendra Puri Arts and Science College, Bharuch (South Gujarat University), and M.S. University, Baroda.***

Political career[edit]

In 2005, Patel was inducted into the Rajya Sabha for his fourth term. Though considered Sonia Gandhi's secretary and chief strategist, Patel has been kept out of government in the 15th Lok Sabha.[3] He maintains a low profile and avoids media and public glare.[4] Patel is only the second Muslim after Ehsan Jafri to be elected in Gujarat as an Lok Sabha MP.[5] He is one of the few politicians who were spotted by Sanjay Gandhi, but continued to wield their clout with Indira, Rajiv, and now Sonia. He is also called the 'number 2 powerful' in the Congress Party.[6]

Positions held[edit]

Among many of the positions Patel has held over the years are Secretary in the Jawahar Bhawan Trust, Joint Secretary in the All India Congress Committee, Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister,[7] and Treasurer to the All India Congress Committee. In the past Patel has served as agriculturist and managing trustee for Gujarat Rahat Samiti, director of the Indian Airlines, and general secretary for the All India Congress Committee. Patel has been a member of the Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas, the Committee on Subordinate Legislation, the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Railways, the Committee on Subordinate Legislation, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Civil Aviation, and the Committee on Railways.

Personal life[edit]

Ahmed Patel married Memoona Ahmed in 1976. The couple have a daughter and a son.[8]


The BJP Prime Ministerial candidate, Mr. Narendra Modi, claimed in an interview to Doordorshan that Patel used to visit his house frequently.[9] Narendra Modi said that these claims were edited out by the government sponsored channel.[10] In a strong response to an interview with NDTV, he has rebutted these allegations by saying that he has never visited Modi's house, and also vowed to quit public life if claims were proven to be true. He added that Mr Modi does not have cordial relationships with his colleagues in his own party then why would he share good bonds with a rival party member.[11]