Senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Rajiv Satav, who tested positive for Covid-19 in April, passed away on Sunday after being on ventilator support at a private hospital in Pune. Satav was diagnosed with a new viral infection and was in critical condition.
Satav, 46, a member of the AICC and considered a bulwark of his party in the Vidarbha and Marathwada regions, had tested positive on April 22. He was later admitted to the city’s Jehangir Hospital and put on ventilator support since his condition worsened, said doctors.
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, senior leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi, state Congress leaders were continuosly in touch with hospital treating him, said city Congress spokesperson Ramesh Iyer.
Expressing his anguish, Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala took to Twitter to say he was stunned by the loss.
निशब्द !आज एक ऐसा साथी खो दिया जिसने सार्वजनिक जीवन का पहला कदम युवा कांग्रेस में मेरे साथ रखा और आज तक साथ चले पर आज…
राजीव सातव की सादगी, बेबाक़ मुस्कराहट, ज़मीनी जुड़ाव, नेत्रत्व और पार्टी से निष्ठा और दोस्ती सदा याद आयेंगी।
अलविदा मेरे दोस्त !
जहाँ रहो, चमकते रहो !!! pic.twitter.com/5N94NggcHu
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) May 16, 2021
I’m very sad at the loss of my friend Rajeev Satav. He was a leader with huge potential who embodied the ideals of the Congress.It’s a big loss for us all. My condolences and love to his family. pic.twitter.com/mineA81UYJ
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 16, 2021
In Rajeev Satav we have lost one of our brightest colleagues. Clean of heart, sincere, deeply committed to the ideals of the Congress & devoted to the people of India.I have no words, just prayers for his young wife & children. May they have the strength to carry on without him pic.twitter.com/Z1q6UPmkbK
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) May 16, 2021
Senior Congress leader KC Venugopal tweeted, “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 !”
Satav had won the Hingoli Lok Sabha constituency in the 2014 general election by defeating then Shiv Sena leader Subhash Wankhede in a hotly contested battle.