Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed grief over the demise of veteran Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Oscar Fernandes.

Taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister wrote, “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.”

Following the demise of the Congress stalwart, party leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also expressed their condolences.

Rahul Gandhi considered Fernandes as a guide and a mentor and termed the latter’s demise as a “personal loss.”

“My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Shri Oscar Fernandes Ji. 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,” tweeted Rahul Gandhi.

“Heartfelt condolences to Oscar ji’s family. You are in our hearts and prayers. He was one of the finest, most loyal soldiers of the Congress party, we will all miss him immensely,” Priyanka Gandhi tweeted.

The senior Congress leader on Monday passed away at the age of 80 in Karnataka’s Mangaluru.

Oscar Fernandes, a former union minister, passed away at the age of 80 at a private hospital in Karnataka’s Mangaluru.

Fernandes held several party positions and also served as the Union Cabinet Minister for Transport, Road and Highways and Labour and Employment in the UPA regime.