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Congress leader Gurudas Kamat dies

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

Mumbai: Senior Congress leader Gurudas Kamat died today after a brief illness, party sources said. He was 63.

The former Union minister died at a hospital in Delhi, where he was admitted early today.

An advocate by profession, Kamat was a commerce graduate from RA Podar College, Mumbai and has a law degree from the Government Law College, Mumbai.

He was a Member of the Parliament for the Mumbai North West constituency of Maharashtra in 2009 and Mumbai North East constituency of Maharashtra in 1984, 1991, 1998 and 2004.

He served as the Minister of State for Home Affairs with an additional charge of Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India during 2009 to 2011. In July 2011, he resigned as minister.

In 2013, Kamat was appointed General Secretary All India Congress Committee and given charge of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Dadra, and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and was also appointed as a member of the Congress Working Committee, the highest decision-making body of the Indian National Congress. In 2014, he lost the Lok Sabha Election.

In 2017, Kamat resigned from all positions that he held at the Indian National Congress. Despite his insistence on resignation the Party continues to acknowledge him as the General Secretary of AICC.

He was also a former president of the Mumbai Regional Congress Committee.

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