Former Union minister George Fernandes dies at 88


New Delhi,Former Defence ninister George Fernandes addressing a public meeting in 1998.
George Fernandes, former Union minister, passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 88. He had been bedridden for the past few years.

Fernandes, a former Janata Dal leader and Railways Minister in the V P Singh government, joined hands with the BJP after he broke away from his parent party. Fernandes, who formed Samata Party in 1994, got into an alliance with the BJP as part of NDA. Soon, Fernandes became a close confidant of Vajpayee.

Fernandes’ term as defence minister was eventful as it witnessed the Kargil war and Pokhran test. Vajpayee stood by him during the numerous controversies. Fernandes has been bedridden for the past few years.