Born on October 5, 1955, Gurudas Kamat was a senior Congress party leader and a former union minister who passed away on August 22, 2018, after suffering a cardiac arrest. Kamat was 63 at the time of his death. An advocate by profession, Kamat graduated from Podar College of Commerce and Economics in Matunga and later pursued law from the Government Law College in Mumbai
Gurudas Kamat started his political journey as a student leader back in 1972 when he joined the National Student's Union of India (NSUI), the student wing of the Congress party. Later, Kamat was appointed as the president of NSSUI, Mumbai unit
In 1980, Kamat was appointed as the General Secretary of Maharashtra Pradesh Youth Congress, and in 1984, he was appointed as the president of the Maharashtra Pradesh Youth Congress. Later, Kamat went on to become the president of the Indian Youth Congress in 1987
A staunch politician, Gurudas Kamat represented the Indian Youth Congress at an International Convention in Bucharest, Romania. In 1994, he was part of the four-member delegation that represented India at the United Nations in New York City along with Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Dr. Inder Kumar Gujral, and Dr. Farooq Abdullah. Kamat also went on to represent the then Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, at the UN Convention at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2012
Gurudas Kamat married Maharookh Kamat in 1981. His son, Sunil Kamat is a doctor by profession. In this file photo, Kamat is seen with his wife and son Sunil
Besides being an able and organised leader, Gurudas Kamat was also an excellent student. In 1976, Kamat was awarded the Principal Wellingkar Trophy for the Most Outstanding Student Award at the R.A. Podar College. Three years later, in 1979, he was named as a Fellow of the Government Law College of Mumbai
Late, Gurudas Kamat was a Member of Parliament (MP) for five terms in the Lok Sabha. He was an elected MP, representing the Mumbai northwest Constituency of Maharashtra between 2009-2014. Before that, he was also a Member of Parliament from Mumbai North East constituency in 1984, 1991, 1998 and 2004
During 2009 to 2011, Gurudas Kamat served as the Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs along with the additional charge of being the Minister of Communications and Information Technology in the UPA 2 government. He resigned as a minister in July 2011 following a cabinet reshuffle.
In the file photo, Gurudas Kamat is seen with the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi
In 2013, Gurudas Kamat was appointed as the General Secretary of the All India Congress Committee. He was given charge of the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat and the union territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu. During the same period, he had also served as a member of the Congress Working Committee.
In the file photo, Gurudas Kamat is seen with fellow Congress leader Manikrao Thackeray
Gurudas Kamat was described as a politician with great organisational and management skills. He was a people's leader and shared a strong bond with Mumbaikars and the city
As a leader, Gurudas Kamat always pursued the development of Mumbai City. From solving the basic water needs by pursuing Central Funding to the approval of Mid Vaitarna Project and bringing to reality large mass transport infrastructure projects like the up-gradation of Suburban train services, Metro Rail and MonoRail, Gurudas Kamat was always dedicated to the serve the people of Mumbai
Gurudas Kamat also took up environmentally sensitive issues of CRZ Development, solving the growing housing needs of slum dwellers of Mumbai by increasing the sq foot authorised under SRA from 250 to 350 sq ft and getting conveyance for middle-class housing societies
In pic: Former MP Sunil Dutt and Gurudas Kamat during a press conference at MRCC, Azad Maidan in Mumbai
During the 2014 Lok Sabha elections when the Modi wave took the leadership of the country from the Congress party, Gurudas Kamat also lost his Mumbai North-West constituency seat during the Lok Sabha elections. Post Congress' debacle, Kamat announced his retirement from politics in 2016
In the file photo, Kamat is seen strolling through the wards of his Mumbai North West constituency during elections
In picture: Manmohan Singh and the late Gurudas Kamat at the inauguration function of Mumbai Metro Rail project connecting Ghatkopar and Versova, held at the Shanmukhananda Hall, Sion, Mumbai
Following Gurudas Kamat's death, Rahul Gandhi tweeted: The sudden passing away of senior leader Gurudas Kamat ji, is a massive blow to the Congress family. Gurudas ji helped build the Congress party in Mumbai & was greatly respected & admired by all. My condolences to his family in their time of grief. May his soul rest in peace.
In the file photo, Gurudas Kamat being offered sweets by Narayan Rane
While paying homage to the late Congress leader, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis described Gurudas Kamat as a leader who had displayed great organisational and management skills. Fadnavis tweeted: He was known for his blunt speak on matters related to the public cause. His demise is a huge loss
While remembering Gurdas Kamat, Kirit Somaiya said, "Although we always were rivals contesting against each other in Mumbai West, we maintained very cordial relations. It was always pleasure to talk to Kamat."
Gurudas Kamat was a politician loved by the people of his constituency as he had always stood up for the downtrodden masses
In the file photo, Gurudas Kamat at Mid-Day office in Parel, Mumbai
Senior Congress leader, late Gurudas Kamat was a leader par excellence. As a politician, Kamat possessed great organisational skills and shared a special relationship with the people of Mumbai. On his first death anniversary, we bring you some facts about the late Congress leader Gurudas Kamat in pictures
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