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Former Defence Minister George Fernandes Dies at 88

India | Reuters | January 29, 2019, 9:13 am
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 Former Defence Minister George Fernandes died on Tuesday (January 29) after a prolonged illness in Delhi. He was 88. He rose to prominence after the 1973 railway strike, and had staunchly opposed the imposition of Emergency. (Image: Reuters)

Former Defence Minister George Fernandes died on Tuesday (January 29) after a prolonged illness in Delhi. He was 88. He rose to prominence after the 1973 railway strike, and had staunchly opposed the imposition of Emergency. (Image: Reuters)

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 Fernandes served as the defence minister in the NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee between 1998 and 2004. (Image: Reuters)

Fernandes served as the defence minister in the NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee between 1998 and 2004. (Image: Reuters)

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 In 2004, Fernandes stepped down as the Defence Minister after ‘coffin gate’ broke out. (Image: Reuters)

In 2004, Fernandes stepped down as the Defence Minister after ‘coffin gate’ broke out. (Image: Reuters)

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 George Fernandes' last stint as a parliamentarian was as Rajya Sabha MP between August 2009 and July 2010. (Image: Reuters)

George Fernandes' last stint as a parliamentarian was as Rajya Sabha MP between August 2009 and July 2010. (Image: Reuters)

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 George Fernandes was the founder of the Samata Party.  (Image: Reuters)

George Fernandes was the founder of the Samata Party.  (Image: Reuters)

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