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Arun Jaitley funeral updates: Ex-FM's mortal remains consigned to flames as son Rohan performs last rites

Arun Jaitley funeral latest updates: Arun Jaitley's mortal remains consigned to flames as ex-FM's last rites conducted.

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Arun Jaitley funeral updates: Ex-FM's mortal remains consigned to flames as son Rohan performs last rites

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BJP loses several stalwarts in just over a year

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has seen the deaths of several veteran leaders of the party over the last year, from the demise of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in August 2018, to former finance minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday. Former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, and then-Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar also passed away in the last few months.

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Aug 25, 2019 - 15:36 (IST)

Mortal remains of Arun Jaitley cremated with full State honours

 

Former finance minister and BJP stalwart Arun Jaitley was cremated with full state honours on Sunday, after he passed away on Saturday due to prolonged illness.

Aug 25, 2019 - 15:24 (IST)

Arun Jaitley's mortal remains consigned to flames as ex-FM's last rites conducted

Aug 25, 2019 - 15:16 (IST)

Rohan Jaitley performs last rites

 

Late BJP leader Arun Jaitley's son Rohan has begun the last rites ceremony of the former finance minister, who passed away on Saturday due to a prolonged illness. Family members of the veteran BJP leader and colleagues like Union ministers Amit Shah, Nirmala Sitharaman have gathered at the cremation ground.

Aug 25, 2019 - 15:06 (IST)

BJP top brass on frontline ahead of Arun Jaitley's funeral

 

The BJP top brass including Ravi Shankar Prasad, Amit Shah, LK Advani, Smriti Irani, Nirmala Sitharaman, and others are standing by the mortal remains of lte BJP leader Arun Jaitley, as the last rites ceremony is set to begin in a few minutes.

Aug 25, 2019 - 14:59 (IST)

Arun Jaitley's mortal remains being prepared for funeral pyre

As late BJP leader Arun Jaitley's mortal remains are prepared for the last rites ceremony, his son is carrying his body towards the funeral pyre. BJP leaders Smriti Irani, Nirmala Sitharaman are standing around the pyre ahead of the cremation.

Aug 25, 2019 - 14:46 (IST)

Final rites ceremony to begin shortly

The final rites ceremony of late BJP leader Arun Jaitley is likely to begin in a few minutes from now, reports said. News18 reported that is family has also arrived at Nigambodh Ghat.

The report also said that Jaitley's body has now been brought to the funeral pyre.

Aug 25, 2019 - 14:38 (IST)

Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia attend Arun Jaitley's funeral

Delhi chief minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia were also in attendance for the funeral of late BJP stalwart Arun Jaitley at the Nigambodh Ghat on Sunday.

Aug 25, 2019 - 14:32 (IST)

LK Advani, Nitish Kumar also present at Nigambodh Ghat

 

BJP stalward LK Advani and Bihar chief minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar have arrived at the Nigambodh Ghat to pay their last respects to Arun Jaitley, ahead of the last rites of the former finance minister. Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis is also present.

Aug 25, 2019 - 14:29 (IST)

Politicians arrive at Nigambodh Ghat for Arun Jaitley's last rites

BJP leader Gautam Gambhir, Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa, Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Smriti Irani, along with former Delhi Lt Gov Najeeb Jung, former minister Prakash Javdekar, Union minister Smriti Irani are among those who are present at the Nigambodh Ghat for the last rites for former finance minister Arun Jaitley.

Aug 25, 2019 - 14:20 (IST)

Amit Shah, Venkaiah Naidu present ahead of cremation at Nigambodh Ghat

 

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Home Minister Amit Shah are present for the last rites of former finance minister and BJP stalwart Arun Jaitley, at Nigambodh Ghat in Delhi.

Arun Jaitley funeral LATEST updates: Arun Jaitley's mortal remains consigned to flames as ex-FM's last rites conducted.

Late BJP leader Arun Jaitley's son Rohan has begun the last rites ceremony of the former finance minister, who passed away on Saturday due to a prolonged illness. Family members of the veteran BJP leader and colleagues like Union ministers Amit Shah, Nirmala Sitharaman have gathered at the cremation ground.

The final rites ceremony of late BJP leader Arun Jaitley is likely to begin in a few minutes from now, reports said.

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Home Minister Amit Shah are present for the last rites of former finance minister and BJP stalwart Arun Jaitley, at Nigambodh Ghat in Delhi.

The cavalcade carrying former finance minister Arun Jaitley's mortal remains has reached the Nigambodh Ghat in Delhi for the cremation ceremony.

The mortal remains of former finance minister Arun Jaitley has left the BJP headquarters for the the Nigambodh Ghat for cremation. On Sunday, party leaders, workers and supporters paid their last respects to the BJP stalward to passed away after a prolonged illness on Saturday.

Union Ministers Harsh Vardhan and Piyush Goyal and Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das paid their last respects to BJP leader Arun Jaitley at the BJP headquarters.

Former finance minister Arun Jaitley's mortal remains will be shifted out of the BJP headquarters at 12 45 pm, News18 reported. The cremation will take place at the Nigambodh ghat at 2.30 pm on Sunday.

The family members of former union minister Arun Jaitley paid their last respects to him on Sunday, after he passed away due to prolonged illness on Saturday. He is survived by his wife and two children.

The mortal remains of BJP stalwart Arun Jaitley will be kept in the BJP headquarters for party leaders and workers to pay their last respects for two hours on Sunday. Party leaders, including Home Minister Amit Shah and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan have reached the party headquarters before the cremation at 2.30 pm.

Former finance minister Arun Jaitley's mortal remains will be brought to the BJP headquarters at the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg around 10.30 am for party workers and supporters to pay last respects to the BJP stalwart.

Former finance minister and BJP stalwart Arun Jaitley passed away at the age of 66 on Saturday. Reportedly, his funeral and last rites will take place on Sunday at the Nigambodh Ghat in Delhi. Jaitley's mortal remains will also be brought to the BJP headquarters for party workers to pay their last respects to the leader.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid an emotional tribute to Arun Jaitley, saying he cannot imagine that he was far away from India in Bahrain while his "dear friend" and party colleague passed away in New Delhi.

Jaitley died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on Saturday afternoon after battling multiple health issues for the last several months. He was 66. He was admitted there on August 9.

"My friend Arun Jaitley loved India, loved his party and loved being among people. It is upsetting and unbelievable that a person I have known since our youth is no longer in our midst," Prime Minister Modi said in a tweet.

"I cannot imagine that I am here in Bahrain while my dear friend Arun Jaitley is no more," Modi said while addressing a huge gathering of 15,000 members from the Indian community at the Bahrain National Stadium.

Modi on Saturday described Jaitley as a "valued friend" whose insights and nuanced understanding of matters had "very few parallels" as he condoled the death of the senior BJP leader who was one of his close confidants for decades.

Modi, who became the first Indian Prime Minister to Bahrain, said the former finance minister was full of life, blessed with wit, a great sense of humour and charisma.

The prime minister, who was accorded a warm welcome by the Indian community, said he was bound by his duty on one side, while on the other side his heart was full of emotions.

"At a time at a time when people are celebrating Janmashtami, I am mourning the death of my friend Arun," Modi said, amid silence in the audience.

He said a few days ago he lost his sister and former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and now his "close friend" went away.

"Some days ago, we lost our former External Affairs Minister Behen Sushma Ji. Today my dear friend Arun went away," Modi said.

The prime minister spoke to the wife and son of Jaitley on Saturday and expressed his condolences. Both of them insisted that he does not cancel his foreign tour.

Earlier in his tweets, Modi said Jaitley was admired by people across all sections of society, adding that he was multi-faceted, had impeccable knowledge about India's Constitution, history, public policy, governance and administration.

"With the demise of Arun Jaitley Ji, I have lost a valued friend, whom I have had the honour of knowing for decades. His insight on issues and nuanced understanding of matters had very few parallels. He lived well, leaving us all with innumerable happy memories. We will miss him!" he said.

Modi also recalled Jaitley's contribution to the BJP.

"BJP and Arun Jaitley Ji had an unbreakable bond. As a fiery student leader, he was at forefront of protecting our democracy during the Emergency. He became a much liked face of our Party, who could articulate the Party programmes and ideology to a wide spectrum of society," he said.

The prime minister is on the third leg of his three-nation tour to France, the UAE and Bahrain.

Modi arrived here after wrapping up his visit to the UAE where he held talks with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and discussed measures to improve trade and cultural ties between the two countries.

From Bahrain, Modi is scheduled to return to France on Sunday to attend the G7 Summit meeting.

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