Hyderabad, Jan 29 (PTI) The CPI Tuesday condoled the death of former Union Minister George Fernandes, recalling the departed leader’s contributions as a trade unionist.

“He (Fernandes) led many trade union movements. As a socialist leader, he contributed a lot.

But, unfortunately,… he joined the BJP and supported the rightist politics, though he did not become a part of it.

However, his contribution is to be remembered,” CPI General Secretary S Sudhakar Reddy told PTI here.

“I convey my heartfelt condolences at the demise of Fernandes,” he said.

Reddy recalled that he had worked with Fernandes in the Parliament during 2004-2009.

Fernandes, who was Defence Minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, passed away Tuesday following prolonged illness. He was 88.

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