Bihar announces two-day state mourning on death of George Fernandes

George Mathew Fernandes

Patna, Jan 29: The Bihar government on Tuesday declared a two-day state mourning and cancelled all official functions following the death of former Defence Minister George Fernandes.

Fernandes, who had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, died at a hospital in Delhi on Tuesday morning. He was 88 years old.

“All the official meetings and functions scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday have been cancelled, including the Vikas mission and a cabinet meeting,” news agency IANS quoted an official in the Chief Minister’s office as saying.

According to the official, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will head to the national capital on Wednesday to pay his last respects to the long-time socialist leader.

The ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) flag is at half mast at the party headquarters here.

Nitish Kumar, who worked closely with Fernandes for three decades, described his passing away as a “loss of the tallest socialist leader”.

Bihar CM also broke down while talking about George Fernandes with the media.

Former Bihar Chief Minister and opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Lalu Prasad also paid homage.


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