MPs’ praise George Fernandes’ contribution to Indian politics

August 6th, 2009 - 7:54 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Aug.6 (ANI): In a rare show of unity, Members of Parliament of the Janata Dal (United) and those representing the state of Bihar gathered at the 3, Krishna Menon Marg residence of well-known socialist leader and former Defence Minister George Fernandes to congratulate him on his recent election to the Rajya Sabha.

Fernandes played host at a reception here this evening at which he received plaudits and praise from politcians, cutting across party lines.

Leading the praise was Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav, who said: “We wish you all success in your new stint as Rajya Sabha member. Your services to the socialist movement in India, as a founder member of the Janata Dal, as a parliamentarian in the Lok Sabha, as a Railways and Defence Minister and as a convenor of the NDA are hard to match and indeed praiseworthy.”

Fernandes took oath as a member of the Rajya Sabha on August 4, but on that day,he looked a pale shadow of his former self.

In a political career spanning several decades, Fernandes has earned a string of sobriquets - from giant killer to firebrand to stormy petrel.

Prior to becoming a member of the Rajya Sabha, he fought nine general elections, and was a member of the Lok Sabha after each one of his wins.

He was escorted into the Upper House by his JD(U) colleagues Shivanand Tiwari and N K Singh along with BJP’s Ravi Shankar Prasad.

He took his oath with assistance from Tiwari.

Fernandes had contested the recent Lok Sabha election as a rebel candidate from Muzaffarpur after he was denied ticket by Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on health grounds.

At the time, Fernandes refused Kumar’s offer of a berth in the Rajya Sabha. Though the seat was won by the JD(U), Kumar reached out to Fernandes to renew the offer. This time, Fernandes accepted.

The membership of the upper House will help Fernandes stay in the Krishna Menon Marg bungalow. (ANI)

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