New Delhi, January 30, 2019: Former Defence Minister George Fernandes will be cremated on Thursday and the ashes will be buried in a Christian cemetery on Friday.
Giving this information, Leila Kabir, wife of Fernandes, who died in Delhi on Tuesday, said a memorial prayer service would be held at their Panchsheel Park residence on Thursday morning before the cremation at the Lodhi electric crematorium at 3 pm.
The ashes will be buried at the Christian cemetery on Prithviraj Road on Friday morning.
The last journey to the crematorium will be in an Army vehicle and conducted by the Army in honour of the former Defence Minister. It will begin from his residence at 11 am on Thursday.
"Politician With A Difference": Arun Jaitleys
Arun Jaitley remembered his days in the prison with George Fernandes during the 1975-77 Emergency imposed by the Indira Gandhi-led Congress government.
"George was a politician with a difference. He had the ability to stand alone, take a position, however extreme, and sustain that position. He was a political worker, an extraordinary leader, a powerful trade unionist, a parliamentarian that many would dread to face and above all a dissenter," Arun Jaitley, who is in the US for treatment, wrote in the post titled ’’George Saheb as I knew him’’.
Mr Jaitley called George Fernandes the last of the veteran Lohiaites - or followers of socialist Ram Manohar Lohia, who represented the anti-Nehru, anti-Congress face of Indian politics and coined the famous slogan ’’Congress hatao desh bachao" (remove Congress, save the country).