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Former defence minister George Fernandes dies at 88 after prolonged illness

Fernandes was India's defence minister in the NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee

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Former defence minister George Fernandes
File photo of former defence minister George Fernandes. Photo courtesy: Wikipedia

passed away at the age of 88 on Tuesday following a prolonged illness, his family sources said.

Fernandes was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Recently, he contracted swine flu, they said.

Fernandes was India's defence minister in the NDA government headed by

Saddened by his passing away, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted:




President Ram Nath Kovind also took to Twitter saying:

Congress President also condoled the demise of

"I'm sorry to hear about the passing away of former Parliamentarian & Union Minister, Ji. My condolences to his family and friends in this time of grief," Gandhi said in a Facebook post.


Congress' chief spokesperson 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.


West Bengal Chief Minister said he was a much admired trade union leader.

First Published: Tue, January 29 2019. 10:00 IST
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