Following a prolonged illness, former defence minister George Fernandes passed away at the age of 88, on Tuesday morning. He was also suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over his demise.
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“George Sahab represented the best of India’s political leadership. Frank and fearless, forthright and farsighted, he made a valuable contribution to our country. He was among the most effective voices for the rights of the poor and marginalised. Saddened by his passing away,” PM Modi tweeted.
Here are other political reactions:
George Fernandes ji's passing away marks an end of an era that cannot be filled soon. May God give his family and followers the strength to endure this loss. My deepest condolences: Amit Shah
I'm sorry to hear about the passing away of former Parliamentarian & Union Minister, George Fernandes Ji. My condolences to his family and friends in this time of grief: Rahul Gandhi
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar: I offer my deepest condolences on passing away of former defence minister George Fernandes. He was a fiery trade union leader who fought for justice. May his soul rest in peace. My thoughts are with his family: Nitish Kumar
Very saddened at the passing away of former Defence Minister and much admired trade unionist, George Fernandes Ji. I have known him for decades. My condolences to his family and admirers: Mamata Banerjee
Former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha on #GeorgeFernandes: It is very sad news. He was like an elder brother to me. Our association started when I joined Janata party. When I met him I felt I was meeting my hero. He was a simple man. He did a lot of work in the Defence Ministry