Oscar Fernandes, a veteran Congress chief and former union minister, handed away in Mangalore on Monday on the age of 80. Fernandes, a sitting member of the Rajya Sabha, was critically injured after he fell by accident whereas doing his common train on July 20 this yr and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in an excellent specialty hospital at Mangalore. As he was discovered to have an inner damage, a surgical procedure was additionally carried out by medical doctors.
Born on March 27, 1941 to Roque Fernandes and Leonissa Fernandes, he began his political profession as Councillor of Udupi Municipal Council in 1972. He’s survived by his spouse Blossom Fernandes, son and a daughter.
HIS POLITICAL CAREER
An in depth confidante of the Gandhi household, Fernandes had all the time remained a disciplined social gathering man all through his political life. In his 5 decade lengthy political profession, Fernandes represented Udupi constituency within the Lok Sabha 5 occasions and was elected to the Rajya Sabha 4 occasions.
He was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 1980, adopted by wins from the identical constituency in 1984, 1989, 1991 and 1996. He has been a Rajya Sabha member for 4 phrases since 1998. He had served as Union Minister for Labour and Employment from 2006 to 2009 and had held totally different portfolios, together with NRI affairs, Statistics and Programme Implementation within the UPA-II authorities led by Manmohan Singh.
Fernandes was additionally the chairman of the central election authority of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) and AICC basic secretary in 1996. He was president of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) within the late eighties. He additionally served as Parliament Secretary to Rajiv Gandhi.
He was additionally a detailed confidant of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and was once generally known as a trouble-shooter for the social gathering as he dealt with numerous conditions.
STORY OF COW URINE ‘CURING’ CANCER
On March 18 final yr, Fernandes extolled the virtues of ‘gaumutra‘ (cow urine) and shared an anecdote a couple of man claiming to have cured his most cancers by consuming cow urine to drive his level dwelling. Collaborating in a debate in Rajya Sabha on two payments for organising nationwide commissions for homoeopathy and Indian programs of medication, Fernandes had stated, “My excessive buddy Jairam Ramesh pulls my leg, after I speak of ‘gaumutra’.”
Sharing an anecdote, Fernandes had stated that when throughout a go to to an ashram close to Meerut in Uttar Pradesh he had met an individual who claimed to have cured his most cancers by consuming ‘gaumutra’.
Many BJP leaders have earlier spoken concerning the therapeutic energy of ‘gaumutra’. Nevertheless, the Congress has all the time reacted sharply to such remarks.
A FIRM BELIEVER IN YOGA
Fernandes had additionally shared that he had extreme ache in knee joint and medical doctors had steered for alternative surgical procedure. Nevertheless, he refused and began doing ‘Vajrasana’. “I began Vajrasana, practising yoga, and at this time I’m able to do wrestling with none issue,” he instructed the members of the Higher Home.
“When (former) Prime Minister (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee ji had a knee surgical procedure, I assumed if I had recognized him earlier, I’d have positively gone to him and ask him to observe ‘Vajrasan’ and it might have been cured,” he had stated.
He had additionally claimed to have met an individual in US aged round 104 years and shifting swiftly as a younger man.
“Yoga is our wealth. If you happen to practise yoga, could also be our funds price of well being will be decreased by 50 per cent. It’s lifestyle,” he had stated. “Our personal Indian programs of medication will present numerous reliefs even earlier than going to a physician,” he added.
(with inputs from PTI)