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Senior Congress leader Gurudas Kamat dies of heart attack

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New Delhi: According to the information given by the officials, Senior Congress leader Gurudas Kamat who was also the former Union Minister passed away at the age of 63 following a massive heart attack in a private hospital in Delhi.

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Kamat is survived by his wife Maharookh and a son, Sunil, said a close family friend.

According to the friend, while having his morning tea at his New Delhi home, Kamat suddenly complained of severe chest pain.

He called out to his driver who rushed him to the Primus Hospital in Chanakyapuri where he is said to have succumbed within minutes.

Close aides Dharmesh Vyas and Ketan Shah in Mumbai said they could not believe the news and felt as if “they had lost their elder brother and guiding light”.

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The youthful face of the party, Kamat, a five-time MP from Mumbai North-East Lok Sabha constituency, served as Union Minister of State for Home in 2009, later quit in 2011.

Later, he immersed in party affairs as the general secretary but suddenly quit all posts last year, though he remained a staunch Congressman till the end.

In a condolence message, Maharashtra Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said “a very dynamic and renowned face of the Congress and a great leader Gurudas Kamat is no more”.

Normally hale and hearty, Kamat on Tuesday night tweeted his Bakri Eid greetings to all saying: “Eid Mubarak to all my friends celebrating Eid-Al-Adha. May all your prayers be accepted. May peace, joy and happiness never depart from your lives and homes.”

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