President Ram Nath Kovind, Rahul Gandhi condole death of George Fernandes

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Former defense minister George Fernandes died on Tuesday at 7 am in New Delhi. Fernandes was the defense minister in the NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Apart from being a Parliamentarian, the ex-minister also held portfolios such as communications, industry, and railways, besides defence.

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind offered his condolence. Calling him “a champion of democracy”, he said “Distressed to learn of the passing of Shri George Fernandes, who served India in many capacities, including as Defence Minister. He epitomised simple living and high thinking. And was a champion of democracy, during the Emergency and beyond. We will all miss him.”

In multiple tweets, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi also condoled Fernandes’death.

He said, “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.”

Congress President Rahul Gandhi also condoled the demise of former defence minister George Fernandes.

“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,” Gandhi said in a Facebook post.

Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also condoled the demise of the former minister.

“My condolences on the passing away of former Union Minister, Sh George Fernandes. May his soul rest in peace,” he tweeted.

Calling the former union minister George Fernandes “a much admired trade union leader,” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday condoled his demise and said “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,” in a tweet.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar tweeted his thoughts and offered condolences. “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,” he tweeted.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said he considered GeorgeFernandes an “icon.” He said, “I offer condolences at his passing away. He committed his life to the country. He fought for justice for trade unions. I considered him an icon.”

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said “GeorgeFernandes ji served the nation in several capacities &held key portfolios like Defence&Railways at different times. He led many labour movements&fought against the injustice towards them. His tenure as Def Minister was outstanding.May his soul rest in peace.”

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