New Delhi, January 15: Former Union minister Raghunath Jha died at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in the national capital on Sunday night.

The 78-year-old politician was a member of the 14th Lok Sabha. He represented the Bettiah constituency of Bihar and was a member of the Rashtriya Janata Dal.

He was the Union minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise in the then Manmohan Singh government. He had been a strong leader in Bihar politics and had been a minister of several important ministries in the state in his 37-year-long political career.