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Former minister and Rajya Sabha MP from Congress Oscar Fernandes passed away at the age of 80 on Monday, September 13 in Mangaluru.
The veteran Congress leader was hospitalised after suffering a head injury in July this year. Fernandes was known to handle tricky negotiations with northeast rebels, government and party matters and was considered to be a close aide of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
A trained performer of traditional dance forms Kuchipudi and Yakshagana, Fernandes had served as the Union Minister for Transport, Road and Highways and Labour and Employment, in the first UPA government.
Apart from this, he was also the Chairman of Central Election Authority of the All India Congress Committee.
He had also served as the AICC General Secretary apart from being the Parliamentary Secretary to late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.