RIP George Fernandes: LK Advani calls George Fernandes a fearless and forthright leader. Highlights

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Former Defence Minister George Fernandes passed away today at the age of 88. The former minister was dignosed with Alzheimers disease and had been keeping unwell for some time. The founder of Samata Party, he rose to popularity as an anti-Emergency crusader. He had served as defence minister, under then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee between 1998 to 2004. Fernandes had to step down from his post in 2004 after reports of the coffin scam. However, his name was cleared by two commissions later. He had also served as a minister in Morarji Deai government from 1977 to 1980. A former member of Rajya Sabha from Bihar, he held several portfolios including railways, defence, industry and communication. During his tenure as defence minister between 1998 There were also criticism of Indias intelligence agencies after the intrusion, however, he stood by them and refused to acknowledge their failure. It was during his time as Indias defence minister that India had conducted Pokhran tests in 1998. Also read: Highlights.”,”headline”: “RIP George Fernandes: LK Advani calls George Fernandes a fearless and forthright leader.Highlights

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