Malik, Omar, Mehbooba condole demise

Srinagar, Jan 29: Governor Satya Pal Malik has expressed grief over the demise of George Fernandes, former Defence Minister of India and a veteran socialist leader.
Recalling his long association with Fernandes, Governor remembered his untiring devotion towards ameliorating the lot of underprivileged section of the society and service towards nation, said an official handout.
He prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul, said the handout.
Fernandes, long-time socialist and a trade unionist, who fought the Congress all his life died on Tuesday after prolonged illness. He was 88.
Fernandes, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, has been out of the public eye and has been bed-ridden for more than eight years, family sources said.
Meanwhile, the two former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah condole the death of George Mathew Fernandes. Fernandes, a native of Mangalore was a politician, journalist, agriculturist, and member of Rajya Sabha from Bihar died on Tuesday.
The National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah condole the death of a veteran politician and praised him for having a soft corner for the voiceless and marginalised people.
“Rest in peace George Fernandes Sahib. You were a tireless crusader fighting for the voiceless, the marginalised & for those that needed someone in their corner. You called a spade a spade & did so unabashedly. You were always a friend & well wisher of the people of J&K. God speed,” Omar wrote on his widely followed twitter handle.
In her condolence message, the PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said: “George Fernandes was a true socialist, scrupulously honest and never compromised his values at the altar of power. Today we mourn the loss of a titan. He represented an era of leaders who were true statesmen and not just politicians.”