Following is the text of Vice President’s message:
“I am deeply saddened to learn about the demise of Shri George Fernandes, former Defence Minister of India.
Shri Fernandes was a multi-faceted personality. A long time socialist, trade unionist and an outstanding parliamentarian, he had tirelessly worked for the empowerment of poor and downtrodden sections of the society. He was a champion of democracy and fought against the imposition of Emergency. He was an able administrator and had held important portfolios as a Union Minister.
In this hour of grief, I offer my condolences and pray that the almighty should give strength and courage to his bereaved family members, friends and followers.”