Senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Oscar Fernandes died on Monday at the age of 80, informed the Congress party.
He was admitted to a personal hospital in Karnataka’s Mangaluru.
“We are deeply saddened by the demise of Shri Oscar Fernandes Ji, our heartfelt condolences to his family.
A Congress stalwart, his vision for an inclusive India had an enormous influence on the politics of our times. The Congress family will deeply miss his mentorship & guidance,” tweeted the Congress.
Fernandes, considered near to the Nehru-Gandhi family, held several party positions and also served because the Union Cabinet Minister for Transport, Road and Highways and Labour and Employment within the UPA regime.