Senior Congress leader Oscar Fernandes has passed away in Mangalore. He was hospitalised for the past few weeks due to a blood clot in his brain. PM Narendra Modi expressed his grief over the demise & extended his condolences to the bereaved family.

     

Veteran Congress leader Oscar Fernandes passes away at 80

WHAT?

Senior Congress leader Oscar Fernandes has passed away in Mangalore. He was hospitalised for the past few weeks. PM Narendra Modi expressed his grief over the demise & extended his condolences to the bereaved family.

WHY?

Oscar Fernandes was hospitalised and operated on for a blood clot in the brain in late July and had been ailing since then. He suffered the clot after falling accidentally.

WHO?

Mangalore police have confirmed the news of his death.

The hospital, however, will issue a statement later.

Fernandes, who began his political career as a municipal councillor in Udupi in 1975-76, was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 1980 from Udupi. He would represent Udupi a total of five consecutive times (winning elections in 1980, 1984, 1989, 1991, 1996).

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Fernandes's father Roque Fernandes was an academician who served as the first president of the Manipal Institute of Technology and his mother Leonissa Fernandes was the first woman magistrate in India.

Fernandes served as parliamentary secretary to prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1984-85 and was considered a trusted aide of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

After losing the 1999 Lok Sabha polls, Fernandes was nominated to the Rajya Sabha.

He served as minister of state overseeing a number of portfolios such as statistics and programme implementation, overseas Indian affairs, youth and sports affairs and labour and employment in the first Manmohan Singh government from 2004 and then as minister of road transport and highways from 2013.