Former Union Minister and veteran Congress leader Jaipal Reddy dies aged 77


Veteran Congress leader and former Union Minister Jaipal Reddy died at a hospital in Hyderabad on Sunday aged 77. Reddy was a five-term Lok Sabha MP and was also elected to the Rajya Sabha twice while winning assembly elections on four occasions.

Jaipal Reddy

Reacting to his death Rahul Gandhi wrote, “I’m sorry to hear about the sad demise of former Union Minister & veteran Congress leader Shri Jaipal Reddy Garu. An outstanding parliamentarian, great son of Telangana, he dedicated his entire life towards public service. My deepest condolences to his family & friends.”

The Congress too condoled his death as it wrote on Twitter, “We are saddened to hear of the passing of former Union Minister Jaipal Reddy. A senior Congress leader, he served as an LS MP 5 times, an RS MP 2 times and as an MLA 4 times. We hope his family and friends find strength in their time of grief.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote, “Shri Jaipal Reddy had years of experience in public life. He was respected as an articulate speaker and effective administrator. Saddened by his demise. My thoughts are with his family and well-wishers in this hour of grief.”

President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted from his official Twitter handle, “Sorry to hear of the passing of Shri S. Jaipal Reddy, former Union Minister. He was a thinking person’s politician and an outstanding parliamentarian. My condolences to his family and many associates.”

Reddy held Information and Broadcasting ministry during the IK Gujrat government. During UPA 1 and UPA 2 governments headed by Manmohan Singh, Reddy held several ministries including Urban Development, Petroleum and Natural Gas and Science and Technology.

Last week, another veteran Congress leader, Sheila Dikshit, had passed away in Delhi aged 81.



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