Congress Leader Oscar Fernandes Passes Away at 80

Oscar Fernandes passes away

Oscar Fernandes, a Congress politician, died in Mangalore on Monday, September 13th. He was 80 years old at the time. 

According to Asianet Suvarna, the former Union minister was being treated in the Yenepoya Hospital’s intensive care unit ward. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences via the Prime Minister’s Office’s official Twitter account, saying he was “saddened by the demise of Rajya Sabha MP Shri Oscar Fernandes Ji.

According to news sources, Oscar Fernandes was reportedly hospitalized in July after falling while practicing yoga at his home. The Rajya Sabha member also had surgery to remove a clot in his brain.

Fernandes served as the Union Minister for Transport, Road and Highways, as well as Labor and Employment, in the UPA government. 

He was a well-liked politician and close friends with Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, the two leading Congress leaders. Fernandes, who initially became a minister in the UPA-II government held a number of high-ranking roles in both the Manmohan Singh administration and the party. Moreover, during the UPA regime, he took a huge step ahead in his career by becoming the AICC General Secretary.

Tributes poured in after the sad news about Oscar Fernandes:

Additionally, apart from becoming a minister for the first time in the UPA-II government, Fernandes held a number of crucial positions in the Manmohan Singh administration and the party.

Fernandes was one of 12 children born to Roque Fernandes and Leonissa M Fernandes on March 27, 1941, in the Udupi district. Also, he is the father of two children, a son, and a girl, from his marriage to Blossom Fernandes. Moreover, he earned a bachelor’s degree in arts from Cecilia’s Convent and MGM College in Udupi.

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