Former Union Minister Jaipal Reddy Dies At 77

Former Union Minister Jaipal Reddy Dies At 77

Hyderabad: Senior Congress leader and former Union minister Jaipal Reddy died at a hospital in Hyderabad in the early hours of Sunday. He was 77.

He was recently diagnosed with pneumonia and was admitted to the hospital, where he died at 1.28 am.

Mr Reddy has been a parliamentarian for several decades since 1984. During his political career, Mr Reddy served as a Lok Sabha MP five times and was elected to the Rajya Sabha two times.

The Congress, in a tweet, said it was saddened to hear the passing of Mr Reddy.

Uttam Kumar Reddy, who heads the Congress in Telangana, remembered him as one of the state’s greatest sons.

TRS working president KT Rama Rao, son of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, also condoled the death. “My condolences to the family and friends of senior leader & Former union minister Shri Jaipal Reddy Garu who passed away earlier today. RIP Sir (sic),” he tweeted.

Mr Reddy was the information and broadcasting minister in IK Gujral government. During the UPA-1 government he held portfolios like urban development and culture.

In UPA-2, he was again assigned the urban development ministry. Later, he became the minister of petroleum and natural gas but was shifted to the science and technology and earth sciences ministries.

Mr Reddy’s funeral is expected to take place in Hyderabad on Monday.