Senior Congress leader Oscar Fernandes has passed away in Mangalore. He was hospitalised for a few weeks.
Mangalore police have confirmed the news of his death.
The hospital, however, will issue a statement later.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his grief over the demise of Fernandes and extended his condolences to the bereaved family.
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
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 Congress president Sonia Gandhi.