Union minister and Lok Janshakti Party president Ram Vilas Paswan Wednesday recalled various facets of firebrand socialist George Fernandes as he paid rich tributes to him at a party event here.
Fernandes passed away Tuesday following prolonged illness,
Paswan recounted incidents of Fernandes' support to the cause of the poor and workers even as it meant taking on his party's MP and also told reporters that once he gave him USD 500 for his first trip to London in 1982, using his contacts abroad to make the visit successful.
The LJP leader was with Fernandes in different political parties, all drawn from socialist ideology, and they were also cabinet colleagues in different governments.
He said Fernandes never sat in a plane's business class and had removed the gate at his residence to facilitate people's visit to meet him.
"George sahab will always be a source of inspiration for me," Paswan said, adding that it was the personality of the late leader that helped him choose his next course of action when he decided to enter politics in 1969.
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