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Ahmed Patel
Treasurer of All India Congress Committee
Assumed office
21 August 2018
Preceded byMotilal Vora
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
Assumed office
19 August 1993
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded byMansinhji Rana
Succeeded byChandubhai Deshmukh[1]
Personal details
Born (1949-08-21) 21 August 1949 (age 70)
Bharuch, Bombay State, India
(now in Gujarat, India)
Political partyIndian National Congress (since 1976; 44 years ago (1976))
Spouse(s)Memoona Patel
ChildrenFaisal Patel
Mumtaz Patel
Residence23, Mother Teresa Crescent
Alma materSouth Gujarat University

Ahmedbhai Mohammedbhai Patel, better known as Ahmed Patel (born 21 August 1949) is currently serving as a Member of Parliament in India and a senior leader of the Indian National Congress party. He was the political secretary to the Congress President Sonia Gandhi from 2001 to 2017. He is widely credited with the party's performance in the 2004 and 2009 General elections. [2][3]

Patel has represented Gujarat seven times in the Parliament of India, three times in the lower house or Lok Sabha (1977–1989) and four times in the Upper House or Rajya Sabha (since 1993). He is the parliamentarian from the state of Gujarat. On 9 August 2017 Ahmed Patel again got elected to Rajya Sabha defeating BJP's Balwant Singh. On 21 August 2018 Congress President Rahul Gandhi appointed him as the treasurer of the All India Congress Committee.

Political career

Patel became active in politics by contesting local body elections in the Bharuch District of Gujarat in 1976. Since then, he has virtually occupied every major position in the party's state and central wings. From January to September 1985 Ahmed Patel was the Parliamentary Secretary to then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.[4] In 1987 he in his capacity as Member of Parliament, Patel was proactive in setting up the Narmada Management Authority to monitor the Sardar Sarovar Project.[5][failed verification]

On the occasion of Jawaharlal Nehru's birth centenary celebration, Patel was appointed the secretary of the Jawahar Bhavan Trust in 1988. He was asked by the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi to supervise the construction of Jawahar Bhavan in New Delhi's Raisina Road, a project which had been stalled for more than a decade. In a record one year, just in time for Nehru's birth centenary celebrations, Patel successful erected Jawahar Bhavan, which was at that point a highly futuristic building equipped with computers, telephones and energy saving air conditioners.[6] The building was constructed using funds from Congress lawmakers and partly crowd funded through one day cricket matches.

In 2005, Ahmed Patel had got Bharuch included as one of the first five districts to be covered under the then launched Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana, to boost electrification in the district. The Sardar Patel bridge to de-congest traffic between the twin cities of Bharuch and Ankleshwar has been one of his contributions to the region.[7][8]

In 2005, Ahmed Patel was inducted into the Rajya Sabha for his fourth term. Though considered Sonia Gandhi's chief strategist, he chose to keep out of government in the 14th and 15thLok Sabha.[9] He maintains a low profile and avoids media and public glare.[10] Patel is the only second Muslim after Ehsan Jafri to be elected as a Lok Sabha MP in Gujarat.[11]

During the UPA Government regime between 2004 and 2014, Patel was one of the chief troubleshooters and coordinators between the government and party. He is also called the 'Number 2 powerful' in Congress Party.[12]

Personal life

Ahmed Patel is married to Memoona Ahmed since 1976. The couple have a daughter and a son.[13] He is known to keep a low profile and rarely interacts with the media. Apart from politics, he is been seen as a close aide to Nehru-Gandhi Family and its activities.[14]


  1. ^ "Biographical Sketch of Member of 12th Lok Sabha". Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Congress likely to field ex-MLA Rasheedaben from Bharuch – Express India Archived 26 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Detailed Profile – Shri Ahmed Patel – Members of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) – Who's Who – Government: National Portal of India". Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Press Information Bureau Archive". Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Jawahar Bhavan: Swank new headquarters for Congress(I) : INDIASCOPE – India Today". 31 July 1989. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  7. ^ "Work on extradosed bridge over Narmada begins  – The Times of India". 4 May 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Union Cabinet okays new river bridge over Narmada at Bharuch". 26 December 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  9. ^ [1][dead link]
  10. ^ "Ahmed Patel becomes active in Gujarat". Archived from the original on 28 October 2007. Retrieved 22 June 2009.
  11. ^ "Gujarat results comforting for backroom boy Ahmed Patel – The Times of India". 19 May 2009. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  12. ^ "The leader's team". Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  13. ^ Detailed Profile – Shri Ahmed Patel – Members of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) – Who's Who – Government: National Portal of India
  14. ^ "Ahmed Patel inaugurates HMP Dediapada Healthcare Centre". DeshGujarat. 21 February 2015.
Rajya Sabha
Preceded by
Member of Parliament
for Gujarat

Succeeded by
Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Mansinhji Rana
Member of Parliament
for Bharuch

1977 – 1989
Succeeded by
Chandubhai Deshmukh
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