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Former Union Minister & Congress Leader Oscar Fernandes Passes Away

Former Union Minister and Senior Congress leader Oscar Fernandes passes away at 80

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Former Union minister and Congress leader Oscar Fernandes passes away on September 13in Karnataka. A trusted party aide of Sonia Gandhi Fernandez was 80 years old. The veteran leader was admitted to a hospital after sustaining a head injury in July this year. He was seeking treatment at the Yenepoya Hospital in Mangaluru. Fernandez had also undergone surgery to remove a clot from his brain.

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Oscar Fernandes was the union cabinet minister for transport, road, and highways in the Manmohan Singh-led Congress government. He was also given the additional charge of the ministry of labour and employment. Oscar was also the Chairman of the Central Election Authority of the All India Congress Committee. He was previously the AICC General Secretary.

Fernandes was elected to the 7th Lok Sabha in 1980 from the Udupi constituency in Karnataka. He was nominated to the Rajya Sabha by Congress after he lost the 1999 Lok Sabha elections. A five-time Lok Sabha and four-time Rajya Sabha member. Oscar Fernandes remained a parliamentarian till he died, except for 15 days in 1998.

Fernandes was also a trained performer of traditional dance forms Kuchipudi and Yakshagana. He is survived by his wife, son and daughter.

Congress , Prime Minister’s Office and other senior politicians took to Twitter to mourn his demise;

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