Senior Congress leader Gurudas Kamat passes away at 63

Ruchita Satfale | Aug 22, 2018 17:06

Gurudas Kamat

Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Gurudas Kamat passed away at the age 63 due to cardiac arrest on Wednesday morning at a private hospital in Delhi. Kamat was rushed to the hospital after he complained of breathlessness and chest pain. Kamat’s family flew from Mumbai to the capital immediately to claim his body, which is expected to be brought back to Mumbai by Wednesday evening.

Politicians across party lines mourned the death of the congress leader and expressed their condolences on Twitter. Congress President Rahul Gandhi called Kamat’s death a massive blow to the Congress family. He also wrote that Kamat was highly instrumental in strengthening the party in Mumbai.

Gurudas Kamat, who was an alumnus of RA Poddar College and Government Law College Mumbai, was an advocate by profession. He started his political career as a student leader in 1972 and was appointed as the President of National Students Union of India (NSUI) in 1976. In 1980, he was appointed as the general secretary of Maharashtra Pradesh Youth Congress and its president in 1984. Kamat also served as President of Mumbai Congress from 2003 to 2008.

Gurudas Kamat was a Member of Parliament from Mumbai North West constituency in 2009 and Mumbai North East constituency in 1984, 1991, 1998 and 2004. From 2009 to 2011, Kamat served as the Minister of State for Home Affairs with additional charge of Minister of Communication and Information Technology.