After the death of senior Congress leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, the Congress Party has now lost another veteran Congressman former Union minister S Jaipal Reddy on Sunday.
The 77-year-old was a seasoned politician who had 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.
His death was condoled by leaders across party lines.
The President of India, Ramnath Kovind called the veteran Congress leader as a "thinking person's politician."
Sorry to hear of the passing of Shri S. Jaipal Reddy, former Union Minister. He was a thinking person’s politician and an outstanding parliamentarian. My condolences to his family and many associates #PresidentKovind— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 28, 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Reddy an "effective administrator" and an "articulate speaker." It was PMO's official handle that tweeted on behalf of PM Modi:
Shri Jaipal Reddy had years of experience in public life. He was respected as an articulate speaker and effective administrator. Saddened by his demise. My thoughts are with his family and well-wishers in this hour of grief: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 28, 2019
BJP president and Home Minister Amit Shah also paid his tributes to the senior congressman.
Saddened to learn about the demise of former Union Minister, Shri Jaipal Reddy ji. My thoughts and prayers with his family and supporters. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) July 28, 2019
The Congress' official account also took to Twitter to condole the death of the former Union minister.
We are saddened to hear of the passing of former Union Minister Jaipal Reddy. A senior Congress leader, he served as an LS MP 5 times, an RS MP 2 times and as an MLA 4 times.— Congress (@INCIndia) July 28, 2019
We hope his family and friends find strength in their time of grief. pic.twitter.com/3BHVc07OYA
Rahul Gandhi described Reddy as an "outstanding Parliamentarian" who "dedicated his entire life towards public service." He tweeted:
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
Another senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said in his tribute to Reddy that he was "Nehruvian to the core."
My tribute to Jaipal Reddy pic.twitter.com/gOwH3AYVvS— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) July 28, 2019
Delhi Chief Minister and chief of Aam Aadmi Party Arvind Kejriwal praised him as a "gentleman" who "never compromised on principles"
Shocked to hear about the passing away of veteran leader and former union minister Sh. Jaipal Reddy ji.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) July 28, 2019
A gentleman politician who never compromised on principles will be missed by the country
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