Ahmed Patel: The only non-Gandhi who ruled the party without being in power6 min read 25 Nov 2020, 08:39 AM IST
A consummate insider, Patel brokered impossible alliances and held together warring factions in service of the Congress party
New Delhi: Days after the Maharashtra election results in October 2019, there was an informal discussion in the top circles of the Congress about the unthinkable. If the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress alliance joined hands with traditional rival Shiv Sena, they had the numbers to form the government but the suggestion could not be taken up formally because a go ahead from party chief Sonia Gandhi was out of the question. As weeks went by, the discussions began to fade, except in the realm of one leader.
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