Mumbai | Congress veteran from Maharashtra Murli Deora, a Gandhi family loyalist, who held important posts in the party and Government during his over four decade long political career, passed away here today after prolonged illness. He was 77. Deora had been unwell and was admitted to a hospital from where he came home two days back.
The end came at 3.25 am, family sources said. Murlibhai, as he was fondly called, is survived by wife and two sons, including former MP Milind Deora, who also served as a Union Minister. Congress President Sonia Gandhi, her son and party VicePresident Rahul flew down to Mumbai to pay tributes to the departed leader. They were accompanied by Priyanka Gandhi and her husband Robert Vadra.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled Deora’s demise. Just yesterday I had spoken to Shri Murli Deora’s family & asked about his health. Very sad to hear the unfortunate news today, Modi said on Twitter.
Deora was India’s longest serving Petroleum Minister (he served under UPA 1 & 2) and held important posts in the party and Government during his over four decade long career. He was elected to Lok Sabha four times from the prestigious Mumbai South seat. He served as President of Mumbai Congress for 22 long years.
A Gandhi family loyalist and a close confidant of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Deora was a key party fund raiser who was on personal terms with most of India’s wellknown industrialists.
Sonia went to Deora’s residence in South Mumbai where she met his wife Hema and consoled her.
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