George Fernandes, former Defence Minister, passes away

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Former Defence Minister in the Vajpayee government George Fernandes passed away on Tuesday in New Delhi, according to family members. He was 88.

Mr. Fernandes had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The family is awaiting his son Sean Fernandes’ arrival from the United States to proceed with funeral arrangements. The funeral is scheduled to be held in New Delhi.

Born on June 3, 1930, Mr. Fernandes was a former Indian trade unionist, politician, journalist, agriculturist, and member of Rajya Sabha from Bihar.

He was a key member of the Janata Dal and was the founder of the Samata Party. His last stint as a parliamentarian was as a Rajya Sabha MP between August 2009 and July 2010.

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