George Fernandes funeral: Former Union minister to be cremated in national capital on Thursday

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New Delhi | Updated:Jan 30, 2019 5:27:48 pm

Former Defence Minister George Fernandes funeral: The ex-Union Minister had held a number of portfolios in the Union cabinet

George Fernandes, George fernandes death, george fernandes death news, george fernandes newsEx-Union Minister George Fernandes funeral: Fernandes was born in Mangalore in Karnataka in 1930.

Former Defence Minister George Fernandes funeral: Former Union Minister George Fernandes will be cremated in the national capital will full state honours. As per his wishes, his body will be cremated after which, ashes will be buried. The 88-year old had passed away on Tuesday following a prolonged illness.

Born in Mangalore in Karnataka in 1930, his first stint in politics was with Janata Party after the Emergency was announced in the country. It was in 1977, that he first time become a Member of Parliament from Bihar’s Muzaffarpur . when he was minister for Industries under Morarji Desai, he took on US companies like Coca-Cola and IBM.

He came in contact with union leader Placid D’Mello, and Rammanohar Lohia. Fernandes fought the rights of labourers in small scale service industries. He joined Janata Dal and served as Railways minister in V P Singh government between 1989 to 1990.

When he was defence minister under Atal Bihari Vajpayee after intruders backed by Pakistan had entered Kargil. The army then successfully made intruders move back from their positions. Soon after Pokhran tests were conducted. George Fernandes’ funeral will take place in Lodhi crematorium.

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    17:01 (IST)30 Jan 2019
    Siddaramaiah pays last respect to George Fernandes

    Congress leader and former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah paid last respect to George Fernandes at his residence. Fernandes passed away on Tuesday following a prolonged illness. The former Union Minister will be cremated in the national capital will full state honours.

    16:06 (IST)30 Jan 2019
    George Fernandes' political journey

    Fernandes formed the Samata Party in 1994, after the disintegration of the Janata Party. The party later allied with the BJP. He went on to become a close confidant of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He was also appointed convenor of the National Democratic Party (NDA).

    15:08 (IST)30 Jan 2019
    India has lost a versatile personality, a mass leader: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

    Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wrote  yesterday to Leila Kabir, Fernandes’s wife, saying, “In his death, our country has lost a versatile personality, who, with his unparalleled efficiency, excelled as a mass-leader and gave paramount importance to the well-being of the downtrodden of our country.”

    14:16 (IST)30 Jan 2019
    George Fernandes had once called China as no 1 enemy of India

    Sparking controversy during his tenure as defence minister, George Fernandes had calle China as india's number 1 enemy. He had also said that China was not only backing of Pakistan, but also trying to incircle india India and piling up nuclear weapons in Tibet.

    14:10 (IST)30 Jan 2019
    Nitish Kumar broke down while speaking about George Fernandes

    “A new party was formed under his leadership and guidance. His guidance has always taught us a lot. His vision has always influenced the way we work for people today.” Nitish Kumar said yesterday while remembering George Fernandes.

    12:48 (IST)30 Jan 2019
    Part of Morarji Desai government

    One year later after the Emergency was lifted, firebrand leader George Fernandes was elected in Parliament from Bihar's Muzaffarpur seat with a huge victory. He was Union Minister for Industries in the Morarji Desai government between 1977 to 1979. 

    12:36 (IST)30 Jan 2019
    An anti-emergency crusader

    George Fernandes, an anti-Emergency crusader, was a fiery socialist leader. He had gone underground during Emergency. he was arrested in connection with the Baroda dynamite case in the year in 1976 .

    11:55 (IST)30 Jan 2019
    George Fernandes as Defence Minister

    Former Union minister George Fernandes was a defence minister when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the prime minister.  During his tenure, the Kargil war broke out after infiltrators backed by Pakistan had entered the place. Indian army had at the time successfully defeated them in the Kargil war. India also conducted  Pokhran tests during his tenure. 

    11:30 (IST)30 Jan 2019
    Mizoram CM Zoramthanga sends condolences to family of George Fernandes

    Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga has sent a condolence letter to the family members of former defence minister George Fernandes, who passed away yesterday after a prolonged illness. In his letter, Zoramthanga remembered him as "a great man and a rare personality who had done a lot of good for the people of Mizoram during his tenure as the defence minister",sources in the chief minister's office said.

    "He would be remembered as a man of rare calibre and a great leader," the CM wrote in the letter.

    11:23 (IST)30 Jan 2019
    George Fernandes to be cremated on Thursday

    Former Union minister George Fernandes to be cremated today. The 88-year old had passed away yesterday after a prolonged illness.  As per his wish, the former minister's ashed will be buried after the cremation. A large number of dignitaries visited his residence after the news of his death.

    George Fernandes George Fernandes played key role in setting up the Konkan Railway projectWhen he was a Railway minister, George Fernandes played key role in setting up the Konkan Railway project, linking Mumbai and Mangalore. in 1994, he formed Samata Party after the disintegration of the Janata Party. His party was part of NDA when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was prime minister. He was also a convenor of the alliance. On a number of occasions who used to speak to upset alliance partner, trying to sort out issues. It was during his tenure as defence minister that Pokhran tests were conducted.