Hyderabad: Senior Congress leader and former Union minister S Jaipal Reddy died at a hospital in Hyderabad in the early hours of Sunday (July 28).

The 77-year-old was recently diagnosed with pneumonia and was admitted to the hospital, where he died at 1:28 am, a Congress leader told PTI.

Reddy held key portfolios in various governments. He was a four-term MLA, member of Lok Sabha for five terms and member of Rajya Sabha for two terms.

Reddy was the Information and Broadcasting Minister in the IK Gujral government. During the UPA-1 government, he held portfolios like urban development and culture.

In UPA-2, he was again assigned to the urban development ministry. Later, he became the minister of petroleum and natural gas but was shifted to the science and technology and earth sciences ministries, creating a political storm.

The last rites of Reddy would take place on Monday (July 29), Congress Lok Sabha member Komatireddy Venkat Reddy said.

Speaking to reporters at Jaipal Reddy's residence, Venkat Reddy said the State Government should allocate a place for performing the last rites keeping in view the popularity of the leader.

"We will request the State Government to allocate a place for the funeral as thousands of his followers and people are expected to attend. A regular crematorium cannot accommodate such a big crowd," Venkat Reddy said.

He also said the party would request the State Government and Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to name a project or place after Jaipal Reddy.