India: Congress leader Rajeev Satav died of coronavirus-related complications on Sunday. He was 46. Satav, considered to be a close aide of former party president Rahul Gandhi, had tested positive for COVID-19 on April 22. He was undergoing treatment at Jehangir Hospital in Pune. The Congress leader was put on ventilator support at the hospital after his health deteriorated. Reports claimed that Satav was diagnosed with a new viral infection and was in a critical condition.
PM Modi expressed deepest condolences to his family and said that he was an upcoming leader with much potential. “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”, PM wrote on the micro-blogging site.
Expressing grief over Satav’s demise, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “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.”
Last year in September, Satav along with seven other members were suspended from the Rajya Sabha for their unruly behaviour in the house by tearing documents, breaking mics, and heckling the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha. Their actions were condemned by several leaders.