Bengaluru: George Fernandes, former union minister and founder of Samata Party breathed his last in New Delhi at 7 AM, today. Reports state that Fernandes who was suffering from Alzheimer's disease, in the last few days, was also ill with the flu.

The former defence minister was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 1967 and last served in parliament as a Rajya Sabha MP between August 2009 and July 2010.

He was the defence minister between 1998 and 2004.

George Fernandes was known as the civil rights activist and an anti-Emergency crusader. 

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He hailed from Mangaluru and was the founder of the Samata Party. He also served as a Union Minister in the Janata Party government headed by Morarji Desai between 1977 and 1980.

Leaders from all parties including President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expressed their condolences.

President Ram Nath Kovind, expressed his heartfelt condolences and termed George Fernandes as aperson with simple living and high thinking.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi described Geirge Fernandes as the person who fought for justice, the leader with the capacity to humble the mightiest of politicians and also spoke highly of his committment to ideology.




MP Subramanian Swamy, who was a good friend of George Fernandes said earlier they had differences but later they were united in opposing TDP and the Nehru family.

Mp rajeev Chandrasekhar too took to Twitter to express his condolences and said that George Fernandes's couragge and integrity was inspirational. 

Karnataka MP, BJP leader CT Ravi called George Fernandes an honest political leader.

Journalist Rajdeep Sardesai explained George Fernandes as the giant killer who was never slayed in life and that only death could silence him.

Congress leader Randeep Surjewala also took to Twitter to express his condolences. 

Karnataka deputy chief minister R Parameshwara said that George Fernandes's contribution to Indian politics has been immense. 

BJP leader Rajnath Singh said that today we have lost a stalwart of India's socialist movemnet who devoted his life for uplifting the poor and marginalised.

Karnataka Congress leader KJ George express sjock over the demise of the political leader from the state.

KPCC president Dinesh Gundu Rao described George Fernades as a person who fought for the issues and caused that he belived in.

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar too expressed his condolences and said that he will be remembered for his firebrand politics and fight for labour reforms.