NEW DELHI: Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Gurudas Kamat died after suffering a cardiac arrest in New Delhi today, party officials confirmed. He was 63.
He complained of breathlessness at 7 AM and was rushed to a private hospital by his driver but he died on the way. His family in Mumbai rushed to Delhi.
Mr Kamat served as the former Mumbai Congress President. An advocate by profession, Gurudas Kamat was a Member of the Parliament for the Mumbai North West constituency of Maharashtra in 2009 and Mumbai North East constituency of Maharashtra in 1984, 1991, 1998 and 2004.
Gurudas Kamat served as the Minister of State for Home Affairs with additional charge of Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India during 2009 to 2011. In July 2011, he resigned as minister. In 2013, he was appointed General Secretary All India Congress Committee and was also appointed as a member of the Congress Working Committee.
In a statement issued, the Congress party said: “We are saddened to hear about the passing of Shri Gurudas Kamat. He will be missed dearly by his family, friends and the Congress Party.”
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, in his condolence message, described Gurudas Kamat as a leader who had displayed great organisational managing skills, strong connect and commitment to ordinary people specially in Mumbai. “He was known for his blunt speak on matters related to public cause. His demise is a huge loss”, Fadnavis said.
Saddened by the demise of Former Union Minister Shri Gurudas Kamat ji. My deepest condolences to his family and followers.
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) August 22, 2018
Pranab Mukherjee tweeted:
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.
— Pranab Mukherjee (@CitiznMukherjee) August 22, 2018
An Advocate by profession, Kamat began his career as a student activist in 1972. Kamat was a commerce graduate from RA Podar College, Mumbai and has a law degree from the Government Law College, Mumbai.
In 1976, he was appointed president of the Mumbai NSUI. Gurudas Kamat was a Member of the Parliament for the Mumbai North West constituency in 2009 and Mumbai North East constituency in 1984, 1991, 1998 and 2004.
He served as the Minister of State for Home Affairs with additional charge of Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India during 2009 to 2011. In the same July, he resigned as minister.
In 2013, Kamat was appointed General Secretary All India Congress Committee and given charge of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and was also appointed as a member of the Congress Working Committee, the highest decision making body of the Indian National Congress.
In June 2016, Kamat resigned from all Congress positions.
His sudden demise sent shock waves through the political community and his followers. Kamat had tweeted only last night, wishing everyone on the ocassion of Eid.
#EidMubarak to all my friends celebrating #EidAlAdha . May all your prayers be accepted. May peace, joy and happiness never depart from your lives and homes.
Happy celebrations! #ईद_उल_अजहा के पुरमुस्सर्रत मौके पर आप सभी को तहे दिल से मुबारकबाद। #ईद_मुबारक pic.twitter.com/WfXX4dc6k9
— Gurudas Kamat (@KamatGurudas) August 21, 2018