New Delhi, Jul 28 : Condoling the death of former union minister and veteran Congress leader Jaipal Reddy, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said he was deeply saddened by the demise of his close friend of four decades.
''Deeply saddened by the demise of my close friend of 4 decades, Congress stalwart & former Union Minister S Jaipal Reddy. He served as Union Minister with distinction in various ministries. An exemplary orator, he was conferred 'Outstanding Parliamentarian Award' in 1998,'' the Vice-President said in a tweet.
''With his razor sharp intellect & biting wit, he was also a powerful spokesperson of the party to which he belonged. He is known for cherishing and upholding democratic values. A tireless champion of the vulnerable & marginalized sections, his absence will be profoundly felt,’’ Naidu added.
''Reddy was a towering intellectual & an excellent speaker in both English & Telugu. In fact, both of us were batchmates in AP Assembly & used to sit next to each other & always speak one after another. My heartfelt condolences to his family members. May his soul rest in peace,'' the Vice-President said. Reddy died early on Sunday at 0128 hrs at Asian Institute of Gastroenterology ( AIG) hospital, Gachibowli, Hyderabad. He was in the ICU of the hospital for last one week.
He was 77. (UNI)