Recalling the veteran socialist's association with the city, CPI leader Prakash Reddy told PTI Fernandes had in 1967 emerged as the "giant killer" by defeating Patil, who was then called the "uncrowned king of Bombay" and represented the Bombay South Lok Sabha seat. Mumbai at that time had a tradition of strong labour force in the industrial sector, civic body and small businesses known as 'gumasta'.
rights. He made a name for himself among the labour class in the 1960s, Reddy said.
since the party was perceived to be against the inclusion of Bombay into the state of Maharashtra.
mentioned. The Praja Socialist Party was headed by Madhu Dandawate and Fernandes headed the Sanyukta Socialist rpt Socialist Party. Both the parties merged to form the Socialist Party and supported the Shiv Sena in the 1968 civic polls in Mumbai.
The Socialist Party and Shiv Sena alliance won the civic polls that year. "Fernandes was so much blinded by the anti-Congress and anti-Indira Gandhi sentiment that he compromised on his
Fernandes had also shared a close relationship with Shiv Sena supremo late Bal Thackeray. He was also among the very few to refer the Sena patriarch as 'Bal', city-based senior journalist Yogesh Trivedi remembered.
Fernandes passed away in Delhi Tuesday following a prolonged illness, his family sources said. He was 88. He was suffering from Alzheimer's disease and had recently contracted swine flu.
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