Former Union Minister and Congress leader Santosh Mohan Dev passed away at Silchar in Assam this morning after a prolonged illness. He was 86. Dev was Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise in the first UPA government led by Dr. Manmohan Singh.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi has expressed grief over the demise. She said in a statement that Dev's immense contribution to build the party in the Northeast would always be remembered.