Emotional farewell bid to Fernandes

The mortal remains of George Fernandes were Thursday cremated here amid chants of ‘George Sahab amar rahe’ as family, friends and admirers gathered to bid an emotional goodbye to the socialist leader.

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, BJP veteran L K Advani, Union ministers Ram Vilas Paswan and Ravi Shankar Prasad, senior leaders Sharad Yadav, Upendra Kushwaha  and Jaya Jaitly were among those who attended the cremation at the Lodhi electric crematorium.

The mortal remains of the former defence minister were brought from his home in a wooden casket on a military truck. Chants of ‘George Sahab amar rahe’ (long live George Sahab), ‘Jab tak suraj chand rahega, Goerge tera naam rahega’ (Your name will be as immortal as the sun and the moon) also rent the air at the crematorium as his body was placed at a platform there for people to pay respect.

Senior leaders, veteran politicians and admirers from various parts of the country had been making a beeline to Shanti Niwas here to pay their last respect to Fernandes in the last three days. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, former defence minister A K Antony, among others had visited Fernades’s bereaved family to pay respect to the departed leader.

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