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File photo of M. Mukesh Goud
File photo of M. Mukesh Goud

Former AP minister Mukesh Goud passes away at 60

  • He served as a cabinet minister in the Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy government (2004-09)
  • Despite his ill-health, Goud contested the Goshamahal seat in the 2018 Telangana assembly polls, but lost to incumbent T. Raja Singh

Hyderabad: Senior Congress leader and former Andhra Pradesh cabinet minister M. Mukesh Goud passed away in Hyderabad on Monday. Goud, aged 60 years, was battling cancer for the last seven months and had been admitted to a private hospital.

He is survived by two sons and a daughter.

The news of Goud’s death comes a day after former union minister and another senior Congress leader S. Jaipal Reddy passed away.

Goud, who was a leader from Backward Classes in the state, had served as a cabinet minister in the Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy government (2004-09). The former minister held the Backward Classes and Warehousing and Marketing portfolios during his tenure. His son M. Vikram Goud is a member of the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC), and is a party functionary.

Known as a strong Backward Classes leader, Mukesh Goud had won the Maharajgunj assembly seat in 2004 and the Goshamahal constituency in 2009 after it was created. The former leader was credited with winning the Goshamahal seat despite the constituency falling under the old city area, which is considered a bastion of All India Majilis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) led by Hyderabad Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi. Goud, however, was also known to be close to the AIMIM leadership.

“I am deeply saddened at the passing away of former Minister & colleague Shri Mukesh Goud. It is a huge loss for @INCTelangana & for Hyderabad. My thoughts & prayers are with his family during this hour of grief," tweeted N. Uttam Kumar Reddy, TPCC president and member of Parliament from the Nalgonda Lok Sabha seat.

Despite his ill-health, Goud contested the Goshamahal seat in the 2018 Telangana assembly polls, but lost to incumbent T. Raja Singh. After news of his death broke, several senior Congress leaders, including Rajya Sabha MP Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge and N. Uttam Kumar Reddy, visited his residence at Jubilee Hills to pay homage.

Telangana chief minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao also sent a condolence message.

Meanwhile, the cremation of Jaipal Reddy took place with full state honours in Hyderabad. Reddy had died at the age of 77.

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