New Delhi : When the House met on Monday, Vekaiah Naidu read out an obituary reference for Reddy, who passed away on Sunday. He was 77. "In passing away of Shri S Jaipal Reddy, the country has lost a veteran parliamentarian, an outstanding orator and an able administrator. Reddy was a friend, senior and guide because he was six years senior to me. The amount of knowledge, depth of understanding and mastery of language, both English and Telugu and some Urdu, is really remarkable. It is really painful that he has left us," he said. Wiping his tears, Naidu apologized for his crying and said, "I am sorry I cannot control my emotions because of 40 years of association."