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. Also Read - President Kovind Undergoes Successful Bypass Surgery At AIIMS, Confirms Rajnath Singh

“He (Fernandes) led many trade union movements. As a socialist leader, he contributed a lot. Also Read - Pakistan PM Imran Khan To Take Vote of Confidence From The Assembly after Facing Defeat in Senate Elections

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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.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.