Union Minister of State for Finance and Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan said the death of Fernandes was very painful and saddening. DMK President M.K. Stalin said Fernandes stringently fought against the imposition of Emergency by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Stalin said the massive railway strike led by Fernandes was still green in the memory of railway employees. PMK Founder S. Ramadoss said Fernandes was an non-compromising political fighter who was born into an ordinary family. His death was "a big loss for socialist ideology and politics".