S Jaipal Reddy , former Union minister and senior Congress leader ( Screen grab courtesy: Deccan Chronicle)
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Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader S. Jaipal Reddy passed away on Sunday at around 1.30 a.m. in Hyderabad. He was 77, reported The Hindu.

He was admitted to the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology in Gachibowli a week ago and was being treated for high fever in the ICU. He passed away at 1.28 am on Sunday and his mortal remains have been kept at his Jubilee Hills residence. The News Minute reported.

The Congress leader started his political career as a student leader from Osmania University and became a Congress MLA from Kalwakurthy in Andhra Pradesh between 1969 and 1984. The News Minute reported.

In the wake of an upsurge of opposition to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi after she imposed Emergency in the country, Reddy joined Janata Party and later Janata Dal in the splinter groupings that took place, The Hindu reported.

Jaipal Reddy, who was known for his oratory skills, held the petroleum portfolio under the UPA-2 government (2009-14), but was shifted to science and technology under controversial circumstances following differences over gas allocation to Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), after he reportedly refused to budge to the company’s demands. He was also a union minister under the UPA-1 (2004-09) after winning the Miryalguda seat, and he also won from the Chevella constituency in 2009. reported Live Mint.

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