Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Jaipal Reddy died at a hospital in Hyderabad in the early hours of Sunday. He was 77.

He was recently diagnosed with pneumonia and was admitted to the hospital.

On Saturday night, he fell ill again and was shifted to the AIG hospital where he was declared dead.

Mourning his demise, the Congress party said, ”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. We hope his family and friends find strength in their time of grief.”

President Ram Nath Kovind called Jaipal Reddy 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,” he tweeted from his official handle.

Born on January 16, 1942, in Telangana’s Mahbubnagar district to Sudini Durga Reddy and Yashodamma,

He had been an active Congress worker at the beginning of his political career but protested against his party during Emergency in 1975.

Mr Reddy’s funeral will take place in Hyderabad on Monday.