oscar fernandes: Rahul Gandhi condoles Oscar Fernandes’ death, terms it ‘personal loss’ | India News
He described Fernandes’ death as a “personal loss.”
Fernandes (80), former Minister of the Union and Rajya sabha member, died in a private hospital in Mangaluru on Monday.
He was hospitalized in July after sustaining a head injury from a fall while practicing yoga at home. He had also had surgery to remove a clot in his brain.
“My condolences to the family and friends of Shri Oscar Fernandes Hee It is a personal loss for me. He was a guide and mentor to many of us in the Congress party, “Gandhi said on Twitter.
“He will be missed and fondly remembered for his contributions,” he added.
Fernandes was an active member of the Rajya Sabha of Karnataka. It had been a five times Lok Sabha MP and a four-time member of Rajya Sabha.
He had entered politics as a member of the Municipal Council of Udupi and was elected to Lok Sabha for the first time in 1980.
Fernandes became Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister in December 1984 and then Secretary General of the AICC in 1985. Subsequently, he became President of the Congress of Karnataka Pradesh in 1986 and Secretary General of the AICC as of 1996.