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

  • 15:24 (IST)

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 14:18 (IST)

    Arun Jaitley to be cremated with full state honours

    Former finance minister and BJP leader Arun Jaitley, who passed away after prolonged illness on Saturday, is to be cremated with full state honours at the Nigambodh Ghat in Delhi shortly.

  • 14:13 (IST)

    Visuals of cavalcade carying Arun Jaitley to Nigambodh Ghat

    Mortal remains of BJP leader Arun Jaitley being taken to Nigambodh Ghat where the cremation will take place.

  • 14:02 (IST)

    Arun Jaitley's mortal remains reach cremation site

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

  • 13:50 (IST)

    AAP, BJP leaders paid last respects to Arun Jaitley

    In addition to Manipur governor Najma Heptulla and Union ministers Prakash Javadekar, Piyush Goyal and Anurag Thakur, several Opposition leaders, including AAP's Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh, also paid tribute to Arun Jaitley on Sunday.

  • 13:41 (IST)

    Himachal Pradesh govt announces two-day state mourning

    The BJP government in Himachal Pradesh has announced a two-day mourning period in the state over the demise of former finance minister and BJP leader Arun Jaitley.

  • 13:39 (IST)

    Satya Pal Malik paid last respects to Arun Jaitley

     Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik paid last respects to former union minister and BJP leader Arun Jaitley at BJP headquarters on Sunday.

  • 13:20 (IST)

    Cavalcade carrying Arun Jaitley's mortal remains leaves for Nigambodh Ghat

    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.

  • 13:14 (IST)

    Venkaiah Naidu pays tribute to Arun Jaitley

    Vice President and Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday paid his last respects to former finance minister Arun Jaitley.

  • 12:52 (IST)

    Harsh Vardhan, Piyush Goyal pay tribute to Arun Jaitley 

     

    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.

  • 12:48 (IST)

    On tri-nation tour, Narendra Modi condoles Arun Jaitley's demise

     

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid an emotional tribute to former union minister Arun Jaitley, after the latter's demise due to a prolonged illness at the age of 66.

    Modi was speaking at an Indian community event and said that that he had lost a friend with whom he was always connected in his political journey and with whom he had worked on dreams together. "I cannot imagine that I am here so far and my friend has gone," he said recalling his decades-old friendship with Jaitley.

  • 12:36 (IST)

    Nitin Gadkari says Arun Jaitley's demise is 'personal loss'

    Union Minister Nitin Gadkari extended condolences regarding former finance minister Arun Jaitley's death and said that it was a "personal loss".

    "Whenever there was a crisis, he would help us. The entire nation was familiar with his political and intellectual legacy." Gadkari was also quoted by News18 as saying that Jaitley was concerned about the party even a few days before his demise.

  • 12:18 (IST)

    Mortal remains of Arun Jaitley to shifted out of BJP HQ at 12.45

     

    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. 

  • 12:09 (IST)

    Amit Shah, JP Nadda pay last respects at BJP HQ

    Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP working president JP Nadda on Sunday paid their respects to former finance minister Arun Jaitley, who passed away after a prolonged illness at the age of 66 on Saturday, at the party's headquarters in New Delhi.

  • 11:49 (IST)

    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.

  • 11:41 (IST)

    Baba Ramdev pays last respects to Arun Jaitley

     

    Baba Ramdev on Sunday paid tribute to former finance minister Arun Jaitley at the BJP headquarters.

  • 11:25 (IST)

    Family members pay last respects to Arun Jaitley

    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.

  • 11:02 (IST)

    BJP flag flies at half-mast at party HQ in honour of Arun Jaitley

    The BJP's flag flew at half-mast at the party headquarters in Delhi on Sunday in honour former finance minister Arun Jaitley. The party stalwart passed away due to prolonged illness on Saturday.

  • 10:49 (IST)

    Mortal remains of Arun Jaitley to be kept BJP HQ for two hours

    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.

  • 10:40 (IST)

    Security tightened around BJP HQ 

     

    Former finance minister Arun Jaitley's mortal remains are currently being taken to the BJP headquarters on the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, where party leaders and workers are expected to pay their last respects to the veteran party leader.

    "Security has been beefed up at the party office. Several politicians, ministers of the NDA government, party workers and supporters are expected to turn up at the office in huge numbers to pay their last respects to Jaitley," India Today reported.

  • 10:36 (IST)

    Sonia Gandhi writes to Arun Jaitley's wife, says ex-FM had friends from across political spectrum

    Expressing grief over the demise of former Union minister Arun Jaitley, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi wrote a letter to his wife Sangeeta Jaitley saying that he attracted friends and admirers across the political spectrum.

    She said that Jaitley fought the cruel illness with "great courage and indomitable spirit till the end." Sonia wrote, "I am very sad to learn of the passing away of your beloved husband."

    She said that the BJP leader had a sharp intellect and good communication skills which were evident in every "position he held" including his stints as Cabinet minister, Leader of Opposition and a Supreme Court advocate.

    Sonia wrote, "Arun Jaitley fought his cruel illness with great courage till the end. His passing is all the more tragic because he was so young when he had so much more to contribute to national life."

  • 10:31 (IST)

    Delhi Police issue traffic advisory in national capital

    The Delhi Traffic Police in a tweet said, "Due to cremation of former finance Minister of India, Mr. Arun Jaitley, at Nigambodh Ghat crematorium the Traffic volume is expected to be heavy on the ring road between Indraprasth Flyover and Chandagi Ram Akhara on 25th August, between 1 pm and 5 pm."

  • 10:27 (IST)

    British High Commissioner to India extends condolences over Arun Jaitley's death

    British High Commissioner to India, Sir Dominic Asquith, on Sunday extended condolences over the demise of BJP stalwart Arun Jaitley. He said, "He was a man that many people in Britain treasured, knew well, worked with, valued him for his wisdom, gentleness and humour. He will be very missed."

  • 10:10 (IST)

    Arun Jaitley's mortal remains currently on way to BJP HQ

    Leaders from across the political spectrum paid tributes to Arun Jaitley, who passed away due to prolonged illness on Saturday.

    (Image credit: News18)

  • 10:02 (IST)

    Arun Jaitley to be cremated at 2.30 pm today

    Former finance minister and the Narendra Modi-led government's chief troubleshooter in its first term, Arun Jaitley is to be cremated on Sunday at 2.30 pm, after he passed away on Saturday due to prolonged illness. Reports also said that the cremation will take place at the Nigambodh Ghat in Delhi.

  • 09:54 (IST)

    Arun Jaitley's mortal remains to be brought to BJP HQ at 10.30 am

    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.

  • 09:47 (IST)

    Senior Opposition leaders pay last respects to Arun Jaitley

    Senior Congress leader Motilal Vohra, NCP leaders Sharad Pawar and Praful Patel, RLD leader Ajit Singh and former Andhra Pradesh chief minister and TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday arrived at the residence of former finance minister and BJP leader Arun Jaitley to pay their last respects after the veteran politician passed away on Saturday.

  • 09:12 (IST)

    Arun Jaitley's last rites at Nigambodh Ghat today

    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.

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.

Updated Date: Aug 25, 2019 15:52:57 IST