Political leaders bore the death of senior congress leader Gurudas Kamat today, with Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis describing him as a man of outstanding organizational skills dedicated to the masses.
The former Union minister died in New Delhi after a heart attack early at the age of 63, according to sources from the family.
Kamat had an excellent rapport with the people of Mumbai and he took the lead in solving problems in teasing the megapolis, Fadnavis said in his condolence message.
"He not only had excellent organizational abilities, but was also well read and would defend staunch issues, his contribution to various sectors through his politics is commendable … we have lost a leader who was closely connected to the masses," he said.
NCP boss Sharad Pawar was sad about the downfall of Kamat.
"We have lost a leader who knew the pulse of Mumbaikars and would always express his concern in Parliament. My deep sympathy with his family, may his soul rest in peace," said Pawar.
BJP MP Kirit Somaiya said that Kamat was a gentle politician who always fought for Mumbai's cause.
"We continued to fight against the Lok Sabha polls against each other, won a number, lost others," he said.
Somaiya said that when they met, Kamat would always ask him about Mumbai's problems and about the former's wife, a professor who always taught the son of the conference leader.
Congress Member of Parliament Ashok Chavan said that Kamat's downfall was shocking and marked the end of a committed and loyal leadership.
"We are together with the Kamat family in this mourning time," he said.
Congress legislator Sanjay Dutt said that Kamat was a dynamic and result-oriented leader whose loyalty to the party and its leadership would continue to inspire party workers.
The former general secretary of the AICC, who is in charge of Maharashtra Mohan Prakash, called the downfall of Kamat an irreparable loss to Congress.
"He was associated with it from his youth congress, he was a good organizer, orator and administrator, he contributed heavily to the party and expressed his condolences to his friends," he said.
Shiv Sena lawmaker Manisha Kayande said that Kamat remained loyal until his party to the end.
He was a man of principles, a true congressman who was very popular in the city, she said.
"He could have done much more for the convention, but he was sidelined by the current party president of Mumbai," Kayande said.
Kamat was a member of parliament for the Mumbai North West constituency in 2009 and the Mumbai North East constituency in 1984, 1991, 1998 and 2004.
He was Foreign Affairs Minister of the Union for internal affairs with the additional burden of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology from 2009 to 2011. In July 2011 he resigned as Minister.
He was also a former chairman of the Mumbai regional congress committee.
Kamat, a lawyer, was a commercial engineer at R A Podar College in Mumbai and had a law degree from the Government Law College.
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