Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader from Bihar,Devendra Prasad Yadav,died at a hospital here last night due to a heart ailment.
76-year-old Yadav was admitted to a city hospital on June 22 after he suffered some cardiac problems. He is survived by four daughters and two sons.
Yadav was a three-time Member of Parliament from Munger parliamentary seat of Bihar and had served as Minister of State for Education between 1971-77 in Indira Gandhi’s cabinet.
He was also a member of the Congress Working Committee,the apex decision making body of the party,during Rajiv Gandhi’s tenure.
Yadav was a member of the AICC committee on economic policy and earlier served as the chairman of IFFCO as well as of Central School Organisation.
A post graduate in Science from Bihar University in Ranchi,Yadav had served as a professor and junior scientist before joining politics.
Closely linked with various academic and research organisations,the Congress leader had written a number of books including “Grassroot Planning”,”Dynamics of Development” and “Uranium and Beyond”.
His last rights will be held in his home town Munger,Yadav’s elder son,Shubhendu said.