New Delhi, Jan 29 (PTI) Former prime minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday expressed profound sorrow over the demise of George Fernandes and said the country has lost a versatile personality who excelled as a mass leader and gave importance to the downtrodden. Also Read - Lalu Prasad Yadav Health Update: RJD Supremo's Health Serious, Tejashwi to Meet CM Hemant Soren Today

In a letter to the socialist leader’s wife Leila Kabir Fernandes, Singh said he joins numerous admirers and well-wishers in mourning his death. Also Read - ODR-W vs ODV-W Dream11 Team Prediction MGM Odisha Women's T20 Match 3: Captain, Fantasy Playing Tips, Probable XIs For Today's Odisha Red vs Odisha Violet at Bhubaneswar at 3 PM IST January 23 Saturday

“In his death our country has lost a versatile personality who with his unparalleled efficiency excelled as a mass leader and gave paramount importance to the well-being of the downtrodden people of our country,” he said in his letter. Also Read - Pataudi Palace Details: Can You Book a Room at Saif Ali Khan's Rs 800 cr Luxury-Meets-History Home

“I take this opportunity to convey to you and other members of your family my heartfelt condolences on this bereavement. We pray to the Almighty to give all of you the strength to bear this great loss with courage and fortitude,” he also said.

Fernandes, who was railway minister in the V P Singh cabinet and defence minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, died here Tuesday at the age of 88.

He was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, which had forced him out of the public eye for several years.

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