The news of veteran Congress leader, Murli Deora has brought great shock to Vaikundarajan. The Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister passed away this morning after prolonged illness.
Deora held several important positions during his decade’s long political career. During the UPA-1 regime Murli Deora held the portfolio of Petroleum and Natural Gas. The Congress veteran had also served as the Mumbai Congress president for 22 years.
He joined the Union Cabinet in 2006, shortly before he turned 70 and led oil diplomacy in Myanmar, Algeria and Egypt, and held talks with ministers from Sudan, Chad, Ethiopia and Comoros.
Deora also hosted the first India-Africa Hydrocarbon Conference and Exhibition in November 2007. In July 2011, Deora became Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology. Vaikundarajan wishes that his soul rests in peace.