Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Murli Deora died after a prolonged illness on 24 November 2014 in Mumbai. He was 77 and is survived by his wife and two sons, including former MP Milind Deora.
He held several important positions during his long political career. During the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government, he served as the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology.
In November 2001, the Supreme Court of India in Murli S Deora vs. Union of India and Ors., recognized the harmful effects of smoking in public and also the effect on passive smokers, and in the absence of statutory provisions at that time, prohibited smoking in public places like auditoriums, hospital buildings, health institutions, educational institutions, libraries, court buildings, public office, public conveyances, including the railways.
About Murli Deora
• He was first time elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2002 from Maharashtra and since then had completed two terms. At present, he was serving his third term
• He was elected to the Lok Sabha three times (1984, 1989 and 1991) from Mumbai South, a seat later held by his son, Milind, who is also a former MP and ex Union minister
• He was president of the Mumbai Regional Congress Committee for 22 years from 1981 to 2003
• The industrialist and social worker-turned-politician began his innings from the Mumbai Municipal Corporation in 1968 when he was elected as Councillor of Municipal Corporation of Mumbai
• Later in 1977, he was elected as mayor of Mumbai
• He first contested the Lok Sabha polls from Mumbai South constituency in 1980
• Deora also hosted the first India—Africa Hydrocarbon Conference and Exhibition in November 2007
Where: in Mumbai
What: died at the age of 77
When: 24 November 2014