Raj Thackeray offers his last respects to Congress veteran Murli Deora

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray offered his last respects to former union minister and senior Congress leader Murli Deora here on Monday at the party office.

ANI| Last Updated: Nov 24, 2014, 16:09 PM IST

Mumbai: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray offered his last respects to former union minister and senior Congress leader Murli Deora here on Monday at the party office.

Several leader including President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and several other political leaders have condoled the demise of the Congress veteran.

The 77-year-old Congress leader was suffering from cancer. He breathed his last at 3.25 a.m. in Mumbai.

He is survived by his wife and two sons.

The funeral will be held at Girgaum's Chandanwadi Crematorium at 4 p.m.

Deora held several important positions during his decades-long political career. During the UPA-1 regime, Deora was the Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas. The Congress veteran had also served as the Mumbai Congress president for 22 years.

In 2006, he joined the Union Cabinet and led India's 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.

He became Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology in July 2011.