Oscar Fernandes dies

Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Oscar Fernandes died at a private hospital on Monday. He was 80 years old. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Fernandes was hospitalized in July after he collapsed while exercising regularly at home. He was operated on due to internal injuries.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and senior party leader Veerappa Moily, among others, have expressed grief over Fernandes’ death.

A loyalist of the Gandhi family, Fernandes continued to work as a disciplined party worker throughout his political life. He represented the Udupi constituency in Karnataka five times in his five-decade political career. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha four times.

He was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 1980 and won from the same constituency in 1984, 1989, 1991 and 1996. He has been a member of Rajya Sabha four times since 1998. From 2006 to 2009, he served as the Union Minister of Labor and Employment. In the Manmohan Singh government, he handled various departments, including NRI affairs, statistics and program implementation.

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