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Cong veteran Murli Deora no more; Sonia attends funeral

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 Vice-President 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.

Senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Motilal Vohra and Anand Sharma were also present at the Mumbai Congress office where Deora’s body was kept to allow people and party workers pay their last respects.

Leaders cutting across party lines paid tributes to Deora, who had friends across political spectrum and also in the corporate world.
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