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Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Jaipal Reddy passes away; Reddy took his last breath in Hyderabad after a prolonged illness.

Senior Congress leader and former Union minister S Jaipal Reddy passed away in Hyderabad early Sunday morning. The veteran Congress leader was recently diagnosed with pneumonia and was admitted to the hospital, where he died at 1.28 am.

Reddy has been a parliamentarian for several decades since 1984 and held key portfolios in various governments. He 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. He was then shifted to the science and technology and earth sciences ministries.

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