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 - IPL 2022: RCB Bowler Harshal Patel Indicates He Should Be Fit For Eliminator Vs LSG on May 24

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 - UPRVUNL AE Recruitment 2022: Over 100 Vacancies for Assistant Engineer Posts Available, Check Eligibility and How to Apply

“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 - PM Modi Heaps Praise On Thomas Cup Truimph By Indian Badminton Team, Says Not A Small Feat

“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.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.