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Arun Jaitley passes away News updates: 'Took step after step of public life' with ex-finance minister, Narendra Modi says in address to Indian diaspora in Bahrain
  • Arun Jaitley passes away at age 66

  • The former finance minister was receiving treatment for multiple ailments at AIIMS New Delhi

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Aug 24, 2019 - 23:23 (IST)

Arun Jaitley has left a strong footprint behind, says Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath

Kamal Nath remembered that Arun Jaitley and he knew each other since the days both were student leaders. "There had been several occasions when we sat together and discussed important political issues. He used to seek my advice on several issues. The best part of his personality was that he had friends in all political parties and he maintained that friendship till his last breath," he said.

Jaitley has left a strong footprint behind, Nath said. "He has a carved a unique position for himself in Indian politics through his works in the field of law and economy. There are very few people who have this kind of stellar achievement in so many fields. It’s an irreparable loss," Nath said.

Aug 24, 2019 - 23:08 (IST)

'Took step after step of public life' with Arun Jaitley, Modi says during address to Indian diaspora in Bahrain


While addressing the Indian diaspora in Bahrain, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "At this moment, I am standing before you with deep pain in my heart. From student life, the friend with whom step after step of public life was taken, the political journey was undertaken. Staying connected with each other at every moment, facing struggles together, dreaming together and working for realisation of dreams, such a long journey was done with that friend Arun Jaitley, India's former defence minister, finance minister, he passed away today."

Aug 24, 2019 - 22:51 (IST)

Jaitley was on friendly terms with MPs across parties, remembers CPM's Hannah Mollah

Former eight-term CPM Lok Sabha MP from West Bengal Hannah Mollah said, "Arun Jaitley as a young student leader had played a very important and significant role during the Emergency days. He was jailed for voicing his protest against the Emergency. He had been on friendly terms with the MPs from all the parties whether ruling or the opposition."

Aug 24, 2019 - 22:48 (IST)

Arun Jaitley could make complex issues easier,says former BJP Ramen Deka

Assam BJP leader Ramen Deka, who was an MP from Mangaldoi Lok Sabha constituency said he knew Arun Jaitley since 1972, when he was the leader of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad in Delhi. "Both of us were involved in the JP movement and we would frequently attend the meetings of the movement. After the movement was over, I joined the Janata Party and Arun Jaitley began law practice in Delhi," Deka said.

"One of the most striking features of Jaitley ji was his ability to explain most difficult legal propositions in a manner which everyone can understand. This not only helped us understand legal aspects better but also helped the Bharatiya Janata Party in putting across it’s point successfully in the parliament," he remembered. Jaitley's success lies in reaching consensus among political parties in implementation of GST. "With his demise we have lost an orator par excellence and a strategist," Deka said.

Aug 24, 2019 - 21:23 (IST)

Arun Jaitley was model for youth aspiring to be in public life, says RSS leader Dattatreya Hosable

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosable termed Arun Jaitley's demise an "irreparable loss." Speaking about his many qualities, Hosable said that Jaitley was an intellectual, a leader with a human touch and also adept at crisis management.

Hosable added that Jaitley was a model for any youth aspiring to be in public life.

Aug 24, 2019 - 21:06 (IST)

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu pays tribute

Aug 24, 2019 - 20:53 (IST)

Congress leaders Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi pay tributes

Aug 24, 2019 - 20:38 (IST)

Arun Jaitley had a strong belief in liberal politics: Congress leader BK Hariprasad

Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka BK Hariprasad recalled Arun Jaitley's oratory skills which he had witnessed during their time in the upper House. " Arun Jaitley was a great Parliamentarian and there’s no match to his great oratory skill. He was the finest BJP spokesperson.  As his colleague in the Rajya Sabha, I have seen his deep understanding of every issue and he used to present them in articulate manner in the House," he said.

Hariprasad also praised Jaitley's commitment to liberal politics and said that he befriended many across party lines.

Aug 24, 2019 - 20:12 (IST)

Amit Shah remembers Arun Jaitley as 'crusader against corruption'

While paying tributes to Arun Jaitley at his Delhi residence, Union Home Minister Amit Shah remembered the former finance minister's contribution to the struggle against the Emergency and said that Jaitley continued to raise his voice for the people and acted as a crusader against corruption, reported ANI.

Aug 24, 2019 - 19:22 (IST)

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman pays tribute

Arun Jaitley passes away Updates: While paying tributes to Arun Jaitley at his Delhi residence, Union Home Minister Amit Shah remembered the former finance minister's contribution to the struggle against the Emergency and said that Jaitley continued to act as a "crusader against corruption," reported ANI.

Mortals remains of former finance minister Arun Jaitley reached his Kailash Colony residence on Saturday from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, where he passed away.

Senior Congress leader condoled the demise of Arun Jaitley as he shared a throwback photo with the former Union Finance Minister.

Taking to Twitter, Sibal paid tributes to an "old friend and a dear colleague", who will be remembered for his "seminal contributions to the polity and as finance minister of India".

Arun Jaitley's body will be taken to his Kailash Colony residence on Saturday. BJP working president JP Nadda said that Jaitley's body will be moved to BJP headquarters on Sunday at 10 am. From there it will be taken for cremation to Nigambodh Ghat, located on the banks of the Yamuna river in New Delhi.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu who was to leave from Chennai for Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, has cut short his visit and is returning to Delhi following the demise of former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Former finance minister Arun Jaitley, who was receiving treatment by a multidisciplinary team of doctors at All India since the past few days, passed away around noon on Saturday.

Jaitley, 66, was rushed to All India Institute of Medical Sciences on 9 August after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness. Hospital sources had on Tuesday said that he was on life support and a multidisciplinary team of doctors was monitoring his condition.

Several prominent leaders, including Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani, Jitendra Singh and Ram Vilas Paswan, President Ram Nath Kovind, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Congress's Abhishek Singhvi and Jyotiraditya Scindia and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat BJP leader Uma Bharti visited the hospital to enquire about his health.

On Monday, BJP veteran LK Advani, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, UP Governor Anandiben Patel, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Delhi LG Anil Baijal and BJP lawmaker Maneka Gandhi also visited the hospital to know about Jaitley's health.

Jaitley, a lawyer by profession, had been a key member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet in the BJP government's first term. He held the finance and defence portfolios, and often acted as the chief troubleshooter of the government.

Jaitley did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election, presumably because of his ill-health. In May this year, Jaitley was admitted to AIIMS for treatment. He had undergone a renal transplant on May 14 last year at AIIMS with Railways Minister Piyush Goyal filling in for him in the finance ministry at that time.

Jaitley, who had stopped attending office since early April last year, was back in the finance ministry on August 23, 2018. In September 2014, he underwent bariatric surgery to correct the weight he had gained because of a long-standing diabetic condition.

 

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