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Congress leader Rajeev Satav dies of complications related to COVID-19

A file photo of Raeev Satav.   | Photo Credit: K. MURALI KUMAR

Senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Rajeev Satav died on Sunday following post-COVID-19 complications after 24 days of hospitalisation. He was on ventilator support for the last few days.

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that Satav had recovered from the COVID-19 infection but succumbed to fibrosis in the lungs. He is survived by his wife and two children.

46-year-old Satav was elected to Rajya Sabha in March last year, for what was his first term in the upper house. He has also served as a Lok Sabha MP from 2014 to 2019 from the Hingoli Lok Sabha constituency in Maharashtra and has been a legislator in the Maharashtra Assembly.

Maharashtra Public Works Department Minister and former chief minister Ashok Chavan recalled how Satav had a meteoric rise through sheer dint of his abilities. Satav was counted among the inner circle of supporters of former Congress president Rahul Gandhi. He was also president of the Indian Youth Congress and was currently in-charge of Gujarat.

In July 2020, he got into a spat with the old guard in the party during a virtual meeting of party MPs chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, snapping at Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal, who had called for introspection. He had said the introspection should begin from the United Progressive Alliance (UPA)-II days that led to the poll debacle in 2014.

Mr. Gandhi condoled his demise and said it was a big loss for him. “I’m very sad at the loss of my friend Rajeev Satav. He was a leader with huge potential who embodied the ideals of Congress. It’s a big loss for us all. My condolences and love to his family,” Mr. Gandhi tweeted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed sorrow at his death. “Anguished by the passing away of my friend from Parliament, Shri Rajeev Satav Ji. He was an upcoming leader with much potential. Condolences to his family, friends and supporters. Om Shanti,” Mr. Modi tweeted.

Condolences poured in from all quarters. Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president Nana Patole said, “This is extremely shocking news…I feel like I have lost my younger brother. Mere words cannot do justice to this loss which is a big blow for the Congress.”

Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar said Satav’s death was shocking. Mr. Pawar described him as a studious and aggressive leader.


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