A condolence resolution, adopted at an emergency meeting of the CWC, said that Deora worked his way from grassroots to be a Union Minister.

Deora was a member of the Bombay Municipal Corporation, went on to become the Mayor, and he was also a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

It recalled that Deora, who was a permanent invitee to the CWC, had been chief of the Mumbai Regional Congress Committee for several years and was also associated with a number of institutions.

"In his political career, his loyalty to the Congress was unquestionable. He stood like a rock with the party in every situation, especially when Indira Gandhi faced big challenges," the resolution said, adding that Deora's contribution remained very valuable in whichever capacity he

The meeting, presided by party chief Sonia Gandhi, extended its condolences to the family and friends of the departed leader.

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