Former Defence Minister George Fernandes passes away at 88
Former Defence Minister George Fernandes passes away at 88 on Tuesday, family members confirms his death.
According to reports, Fernandes was an Alzheimer patient since a long time. He was also suffering from swine flu from the past few days.
During the government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee between 1998 and 2004, he served as defence Minister in the NDA. He lastly served as a parliamentarian and was a Rajya Sabha MP between August 2009 and July 2010.
“When we think of Mr. George Fernandes, we remember most notably the fiery trade union leader who fought for justice, the leader who could humble the mightiest of politicians at the hustings, a visionary Railway Minister and a great Defence Minister who made India safe and strong”, PM Narendra Modi tweeted.
He further tweeted, “During his long years in public life, George Sahab never deviated from his political ideology. He resisted the Emergency tooth and nail. His simplicity and humility were noteworthy. My thoughts are with his family, friends and lakhs of people grieving. May his soul rest in peace”.
Fernandes stepped down as the defence Minister after the ‘coffingate’ scandal broke out in 2004. He was the founder of Samata Party.