Congress leader Gurudas Kamat passed away early Wednesday morning. (File Photo)
Gurudas Kamat, former Union minister and senior Congress leader, passed away Wednesday morning after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 63. The Congress leader was in New Delhi on a visit. Kamat was rushed to Primus hospital, Chanakyapuri where he passed away. Kamat’s family has left for New Delhi this morning and his body will be brought back to Mumbai this afternoon. It will then be taken to his Chembur residence. Kamat was in New Delhi to meet with Congress leader Ahmed Patel. he was to return to Mumbai Wednesday evening for Eid celebrations.
An Advocate by profession, Kamat began his career as a student activist in 1972. He joined the National Students Union of India while at Podar College. 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 in the UPA 2 government as MoS Ministry of Home Affairs and MoS Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.
In 2011, he resigned from the council of ministers following a cabinet reshuffle where he was allotted MoS Drinking Water and Sanitation, reportedly upset that he was not given a Cabinet rank despite being a senior party leader from Maharashtra. Kamat, however, had said that there was “no question of any disappointment over the portfolio and the reasons were personal”.
In 2016, Gurudas Kamat announced his resignation from the party saying he was retiring from politics. Sources, however, said that he being sidelined in the Mumbai Congress unit was the trigger.
“For several months now, I have felt I need to take a backseat to enable others to get the opportunity. I met Congress president (Sonia Gandhi) about 10 days ago and expressed a desire to resign. Subsequently, I sent letters to both her and Rahulji that I would like to exit. Since there was no reply, I have formally informed that I would like to retire from politics. I would like to thank each one of you for all the cooperation I received and wish the best to the party leadership and each one of you,” read Kamat’s text message that was circulated among party workers then. He later withdrew his resignation and served
with the Express Morning Briefing