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Vice President condoles the passing away of Shri George Fernandes

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The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has condoled the passing away of former Defence Minister and the veteran politician, Shri George Fernandes today. In a message, he said that a long time socialist, trade unionist and an outstanding parliamentarian, Shri Fernandes had tirelessly worked for the empowerment of poor and downtrodden sections of the society. He was an able administrator and had held important portfolios as a Union Minister, he added.

Following is the text of Vice President’s message:

“I am deeply saddened to learn about the demise of Shri George Fernandes, former Defence Minister of India.

Shri Fernandes was a multi-faceted personality. A long time socialist, trade unionist and an outstanding parliamentarian, he had tirelessly worked for the empowerment of poor and downtrodden sections of the society. He was a champion of democracy and fought against the imposition of Emergency. He was an able administrator and had held important portfolios as a Union Minister.

In this hour of grief, I offer my condolences and pray that the almighty should give strength and courage to his bereaved family members, friends and followers.”

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