A Close Aide Of Sonia Gandhi, Oscar Fernandes Passes Away At The Age Of 80

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Senior Congress leader, Oscar Fernandes, a prominent face of the UPA era and a minister in Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh governments, has passes away at the age of 80 at a hospital in Mangaluru.

Fernandes was hospitalised after suffering a fall while doing Yoga at his home in July this year. He was admitted in ICU following a surgery to remove a clot in his brain.

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).

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

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

Soon tributes started pouring in on twitter

Shashi Tharoor, Congress MP

Randeep Singh Surjewala, Congress Chief Spokesperson

Rahul Gandhi, Former Congress president

Sachin Pilot, Congress Leader

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress General Secretary, Uttar Pradesh East

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