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Congress Veteran Oscar Fernandes Passes Away

Bengaluru: Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Oscar Fernandes passed away at a private hospital in Mangaluru. He was 80.

The sitting Rajya Sabha MP had suffered a clot after an accidental fall while exercising and was admitted to Yenepoya Hospital here on July 19. He was operated on for a blood clot in the brain in late July and had been ailing since then, sources said.

A trusted aide of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, he was nominated to the Rajya Sabha after losing the 1999 Lok Sabha elections.

Fernandes served as parliamentary secretary to the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1984-85 and held a number of portfolios in the first Manmohan Singh government from 2004.