Senior Congress leader and former Union minister S Jaipal Reddy died at a hospital in Hyderabad in the early hours on Sunday. He was recently diagnosed with pneumonia and was admitted to the hospital.
Reddy held key portfolios in various governments. He was a four-term MLA, member of Lok Sabha for five terms and member of Rajya Sabha for two terms.
Reddy was the Information and Broadcasting Minister in the IK Gujral government. During the United Progressive Alliance-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, creating a political storm.
Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi in tweet mourned his death and offered his condolences
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.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 28, 2019