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Former Union Minister, Veteran Congress Leader Jaipal Reddy Passes Away at 77

S Jaipal Reddy was admitted to the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, Hyderabad, a few days ago and was undergoing treatment. On Saturday night, his condition turned critical and he breathed his last at 1.29am.

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Updated:July 28, 2019, 10:27 AM IST
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Former Union Minister, Veteran Congress Leader Jaipal Reddy Passes Away at 77
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New Delhi: Former Union minister and Congress veteran S Jaipal Reddy passed away on Sunday morning at the age of 77.

Reddy was admitted to the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, Hyderabad, a few days ago and was undergoing treatment. On Saturday night, his condition turned critical and he breathed his last at 1.29am. He is survived by his wife, twin sons and a daughter.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted his condolences, praising him for being an articulate speaker and effective administrator.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi called Reddy “an outstanding parliamentarian, great son of Telangana" who "dedicated his entire life towards public service.”

Reddy entered politics as a student leader of Osmania University and became a Congress MLA in the 1970s.

Reddy quit the Congress in protest against the Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi and joined the Janata Party and later Janata Dal. However, he later returned to the grand old party and held ministerial berths.

He served as Information and Broadcasting Minister in the IK Gujral government. He was the Petroleum minister and later served as the Urban Development minister in Manmohan Singh’s government. Reddy also won the best parliamentarian award in 1998.

The Congress veteran’s body has been shifted to his residence at Jubilee Hills. Party MP Komatireddy Venkat Reddy was among the first leaders to rush to his house.

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