Leaders express condolences over demise of Oscar Fernandes
New Delhi: Veteran Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Oscar Fernandes passed away at Yenepoya hospital in Mangaluru on Monday. He was 80, family sources said. Several leaders expressed condolences over his demise
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed anguish over the death of the veteran Congress leader. "Saddened by the death of Rajya Sabha MP Shri Oscar Fernandes ji. In this sad hour, my thoughts and prayers are with his family and well-wishers. May his soul rest in peace," the Prime Minister said.
Saddened by the demise of Rajya Sabha MP Shri Oscar Fernandes Ji. In this sad hour, my thoughts and prayers are with his family and well-wishers. May his soul rest in peace: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 13, 2021
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, while offering his condolences to the family and friends of Fernandes, said his death was a personal loss for him. "It is a personal loss for me. He was a guide and mentor to many of us in the Congress party. He will be missed and fondly remembered for his contributions," he said in a tweet.
My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Shri Oscar Fernandes Ji.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 13, 2021
It is a personal loss for me. He was a guide and mentor to many of us in the Congress Party.
He will be missed and fondly remembered for his contributions. pic.twitter.com/NZVD592GSJ
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda expressed grief over the passing away of Fernandes.
Expressing grief, Bommai said, "May his soul rest in peace. I pray that the almighty gives his family the strength to bear the loss."
Former Prime Minister and JD(S) leader Deve Gowda said he was deeply pained on hearing about the death. Senior BJP leader and former Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said Fernandes has left his mark on national politics.
"He was a simple and gentleman-politician," said the former Chief Minister Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, in a tweet, said, "Shocked by the demise of senior Congress leader & former minister Oscar Fernandes. My condolences to his family members and may his soul rest in peace."
Stating that he was saddened to hear about the death, State Congress Chief D K Shivakumar said, "Serving the country and the party in various roles, Sri Fernandes will always be warmly remembered for his untiring dedication and vision." The State Congress held a condolence meeting at the party office.
Condolences poured in from Kerala as well. The Governor Arif Mohammed Khan tweeted: "His (Fernandes) dedication to service of the people will be long remembered. My heartfelt condolences. May his soul rest in peace."
Hon'ble Governor Shri Arif Mohammed Khan condoled the sad demise of Shri #OscarFernandez, Member,RajyaSabha& former Union Minister." His dedication to service of the people will be long remembered. My heartfelt condolences.May his soul rest in peace":PRO,KeralaRajBhavan pic.twitter.com/TMvbhhowaQ— Kerala Governor (@KeralaGovernor) September 13, 2021
The Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, extending his condolences to the family members of Fernandes, said he (Fernandes) was one of the national leaders who always maintained close ties with the southern State. Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president and Member of Parliament K Sudhakaran said Fernandes was one of the rare leaders who was accessible to everyone and earned a place in people's hearts. He said there was no replacement for Fernandes and his memories would always inspire the party.
മുതിർന്ന കോൺഗ്രസ് നേതാവും, മുൻ കേന്ദ്ര മന്ത്രിയും, രാജ്യസഭാംഗവുമായ ഓസ്കാർ ഫെർണാണ്ടസ് എംപിയ്ക്ക് ആദരാഞ്ജലികൾ! pic.twitter.com/gCRwwH9gd2— K Sudhakaran (@SudhakaranINC) September 13, 2021
Leader of Opposition in the Kerala State Assembly V D Satheesan said the death of Fernandes was a great loss to the Congress as he was present at all crucial junctures of the party's politics.
Senior Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala also extended his condolence to the bereaved family.
Heartfelt condolences on the demise of senior Congress leader Shri Oscar Fernandes. Recently I had visited him in hospital and was very hopeful of his return.I share this grief with his family and supporters. May his soul rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/YpuXki5t6m— Ramesh Chennithala (@chennithala) September 13, 2021
Chennithala said that when he visited Fernandes in hospital, the latter was optimistic that he would make a quick recovery. "However, Oscar ji said goodbye. I extend my condolences to his family and friends. My tribute to Oscar ji," he said.