Hyderabad: Senior Congress leader and former Union minister Sudini Jaipal Reddy passed away in the early hours at around 1.30 am in Hyderabad. He was 77. His mortal remains have been shifted to his Jubilee Hills residence. Congress MP Komatireddy Venkat Reddy was among the first leaders to reach Reddy’s house after the news broke.
The former Union minister was admitted to the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology hospital in Gachibowli with high fever a few days back and was under treatment since the last couple of days. Jaipal Reddy hailed from Madugula village in undivided Mahbubnagar District and joined politics as a student leader of Osmania University and went on to become Congress MLA in 1970s. A pall of gloom has engulfed at the Congress headquarters in the state following his death.
He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.
He was four time MLA from Kalwakurthy from 1969 to 1984. He was Janata Party general secretary from 1985 to 1988, and elected to Lok Sabha for the first time in 1984 from Mahbubnagar. He was Rajya Sabha member from 1990 to 1996 and became Leader of Opposition in the Upper House in 1991-1992.
The departed leader briefly quit the Congress as a protest against the infamous Emergency imposed by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and joined the Janata Party in 1977 and came back to Congress in 1999 after winning from Miryalaguda Lok Sabha seat. He was also the MP from Chevella constituency in 2009.
He worked as Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Union Minister for Urban Development, Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas before finally holding the subject of Science & Technology. Reddy worked as Union Minister in Federal Front government earlier and Congress-led UPA I and UPA II regimes. He was elected to the Lok Sabha four times and Rajya Sabha twice. He also represented the State Assembly for four times from Kalwakurthy Assembly constituency.
Jaipal Reddy was noted for his oratorial skills and his speeches in the undivided Andhra Pradesh Assembly would be heard with rapt attention by all the members.