A busy chowk in Nariman Point was named after the late Congress leader Murli Deora on Friday.
It was inaugurated by Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, along with other dignitaries and political leaders.
The Murli Deora Chowk is located at the junction of Vinay K Shah Marg and Dorabji Tata Marg, between the Trident Hotel and the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA).
Addressing the guests at the venue, Jaitley said, “This is a befitting tribute to Murli Deora — a chowk in one of the busiest areas of Mumbai. Deora was a rare man in Indian politics, with friends in different fields of life and across all parties. He was always at ease with the Opposition leaders.”
Jaitley said the late leader was one of his closest friends in Parliament. “He will be missed and remembered for his ability to network and win people’s confidence,” he added.
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Praful Patel, HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh, and secretary general of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan HN Dastur were present at the ceremony.
Deora started his political career in the Mumbai Municipal Corporation in 1968, when he was elected as a corporator.
Later, he was elected to the Lok Sabha four times from the Mumbai South constituency, and also held the petroleum and natural gas portfolio during the regime of UPA-I. The Congress veteran served as the president of the Mumbai Congress for 22 years. He passed away on November 24, 2014.
“He was a delightful and lovable person and would have been an ideal channel for discussion between the
two parties [the Congress and BJP] and ensure smooth functioning of Parliament,” Singh said.
NCP’s Patel paid homage to Deora, saying he was his mentor. “Even though some people were opposed to it, he helped me get my first ticket to the Lok Sabha. I became part of the NCP, but we were still close. His love for Mumbai was unparalleled and this is an ideal way to pay tribute to him,” Patel said.