The minister of environment, forests and climate change, in a tweet, said Fernandes passing away marked the end of a political era.
"The death of the leader who raised voice for the welfare of poor and underprivileged people is extremely sad. His passing away is the end of a political era. His contribution towards protecting democracy is commendable and unforgettable," he tweeted.
Fernandes passed away Tuesday at his home after suffering from a prolonged illness. He was 88 years old.
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