Congress veteran Oscar Fernandes, who was hospitalised after he suffered a head injury in July this year, passed away at the age of 80 in Karnataka on Monday.
Known as a man for all seasons, the veteran Congress leader had handled tricky negotiations with north-east rebels, government and party matters, and fluid movements of Kuchipudi dance form with equal ease.
Considered a trusted aide of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, 80-year-old Fernandes was admitted at Yenepoya Hospital in Mangaluru.
Fernandes had served as the Union Minister for Transport, Road and Highways and Labour and Employment, in the first UPA government. He was also the Chairman of Central Election Authority of the All India Congress Committee. He was previously the AICC General Secretary.