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Mumbai, Nov 24: Former union minister and senior Congress leader Murli Deora was cremated with full state honours at the Chandanwadi Crematorium here on Monday. His last rites, which included the sounding of the Last Post, was attended by Congress president Sonia Gandhi , her son Rahul Gandhi, her daughter, Priyanka Gandhi, and her son-in-law Robert Vadra, besides a host of other leaders. Read-Murli Deora death: PM Narendra Modi describes Congress veteran as leader with warm nature Also Read - Pilot Assaulted in Mumbai Over Vehicle Parking Issue; Three Booked
The 77-year-old Congress leader, who was suffering from cancer, breathed his last at 3.25 a.m. in Mumbai after a prolonged illness.He is survived by his wife and two sons. 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. Also Read - Sanjay Dutt Emerges Victorious In His Battle With Lung Cancer, Says 'I am Eternally Grateful'
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.