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Former defence minister George Fernandes dies at 88

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | Edited by : GARGI CHAUDHRY
Published Jan 29, 2019, 9:37 am IST
Updated Jan 30, 2019, 12:31 am IST
Apart from defence ministry during Vajpayee govt, he held several portfolios including communications, industry and railways.
George Fernandes served as Defence Minister between 1998 and 2004. (Photo: ANI | Twitter)
 George Fernandes served as Defence Minister between 1998 and 2004. (Photo: ANI | Twitter)

New Delhi: Former defence minister George Fernandes died on Tuesday morning in Delhi. He was 88 years old.  He had been unwell and was bedridden over the past few years.

George Fernandes served as Defence Minister between 1998 and 2004.

 

One of the most prominent leaders of the socialist movement in the 1970s, George Fernandes was a senior Janata Dal leader before he founded the Samata Party.

Apart from the defence ministry during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led government, Fernandes held several ministerial portfolios including communications, industry and railways.

Condoling his death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, 

Born on June 3 1930, George Fernandes was at the age of 16 sent to train as a priest but his calling was different. He moved to Bombay in 1949 and got involved in the socialist trade union movement.

Known to be a firebrand unionist and a fiery orator, he organized many strikes and bandhs there.

George Fernandes was a parliamentarian last as a Rajya Sabha member in 2009-2010.

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Location: India, Delhi




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