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Former Defence Minister George Fernandes Passes Away At The Age Of 88, Nation Pays Tribute

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| January 29 , 2019 , 12:14 IST

Former Defence Minister of India, George Fernandes passed away on Tuesday in New Delhi at the age of 88. He was bedridden for the past few years.

Former Samata Party leader Jaya Jaitly informed ANI, "Last rites of George Fernandes will be held tomorrow after his son arrives. Right now, the body is being embalmed."

George Fernandes served as Defence Minister between 1998 and 2004.

Fernandes was a senior member of the Janata Dal. He served as Railways minister in V P Singh government from 1989 to 1990. He was instrumental in setting up the Konkan Railway project, connecting Mangalore and Bombay.

 In 1994, after the disintegration of the Janata Party, Fernandes formed the Samata Party. It later allied with the BJP and he soon became a close confidant of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He was appointed convenor of the National Democratic Party (NDA).

Tributes and condolences poured in on social media as people recall his valuable contribution to Indian politics.