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Former union minister Santosh Mohan Dev passes away

Former union minister Santosh Mohan Dev passes away

Silchar: Former union minister and a one-time heavyweight Congress leader Santosh Mohan Dev died at a hospital on Wednesday morning following a prolonged illness, family sources said. "Thank you everyone for your prayers, your love for him".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi too expressed his grief on the death of Santosh Mohan Dev citing, "Saddened by the passing away of Shri Santosh Mohan Dev".

In a political career spanning five decades, Dev handled numerous crucial political assignments in the Congress and in government.

"He passed away at 6.06 AM this morning", Dev's daughter and Congress MP Sushmita Dev told PTI from Silchar. "My condolences to the family", he said.

He was the eldest son of the renowned Bengali North Eastern Freedom Fighter Satindra Mohan Dev.

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A towering Congress leader, Dev was the minister for heavy industries in UPA-I government headed by Manmohan Singh. A leader of great stature, he will be remembered for his contribution to the people.

She further expressed her solidarity with his family and supporters, particularly Congress MP Sushmita Dev.

He was the Union Minister of State for Tourism and Communications during 1986-1988 and the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs during 1988-1989.

A seven-time parliamentarian, Santosh Mohan Dev was believed to be one of the most trusted ministers of Rajiv Gandhi. He was also the union minister of state for steel (independent charge) during PV Narasimha Rao's reign.


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