Congress Leader Rajeev Satav Passes Away Due To Post-Covid Complications

“It’s a big loss for us all,” Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, addressing Mr Satav as “my friend” who embodied the ideals of the Congress.

Days after recovering from coronavirus infection, senior Congress leader and MP Rajeev Satav died at a private hospital in Pune this morning. “It’s a big loss for us all,” Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, addressing Mr Satav as “my friend” who embodied the ideals of the Congress.

“Rajeev Satav became RT-PCR swab negative on May 9, 2021. However, after a prolonged illness he succumbed to secondary pneumonia with multi-organ dysfunction on May 16 at 4:58 am,” Jehangir hospital, where the Congress leader was admitted, said in a statement.

According to Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope, the 46-year-old Congress leader was in critical condition after he was diagnosed with a new viral infection.

“Rajiv Satav was on the path of recovery, but his health deteriorated again and he is now critical. The doctors found he has Cytomegalovirus infection,” Mr Tope was quoted as saying by news agency PTI on Saturday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, condoling Mr Satav’s passing, tweeted: “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.”

Sonia Gandhi, in her condolence message, said she is deeply pained by the tragic loss of the party leader, “who was a trusted colleague and a friend to all of us”. She said it is also a personal loss to her. “Rajeev Satav was only 46 years old yet he rose from the grassroots to holding many responsibilities in a short time due to his unfailing dedication, sincerity and hard work,” she said.

Mr Satav, though originally hailed from Maharashtra, was in-charge of the party’s affairs in Gujarat, where the Congress had put up a spirited fight in the last assembly elections.

K C Venugopal, the AICC General Secretary, said the Congress has lost its frontline warrior, Congress Working Committee member, MP and a most promising young leader. “Congress has lost its frontline warrior, CWC Member, M.P, most promising young leader and a dear friend, Sh. Rajiv Satav today. I am devastated by the irreparable loss. Party will forever miss his indelible dedication, connect & immense popularity. My heartfelt condolences,” Mr Venugopal tweeted.

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