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Former Union Minister Oscar Fernandes passes away

Date: 14 September 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Oscar Fernandes passed away after suffering internal injuries during a fall.
  • Fernandes was the Union Cabinet Minister for Transport, Road and Highways in the Manmohan Singh-led government.
  • He was also the chairman of the Central Election Authority of the All India Congress Committee (AICC).
  • He was also the President of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee during the late 1980s and the AICC joint secretary in 1983.
  • Apart from political activities, he also founded the ‘Jolly Club’ NGO where he had arranged a library room facility for youths to cultivate their reading habits.
  • Fernandes was also a trained performer of Yakshagana, the traditional art form of coastal Karnataka.