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Arun Jaitley cremated with state honours at Delhi's Nigambodh Ghat, last rites performed by son Rohan

Prolonged illness Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 25, 2019, 03.21 PM (IST)

Former finance minister Arun Jaitley was cremated at Delhi's Nigambodh Ghat on Sunday as political leaders from all spectrums paid tribute to the leader. 

The last rites of the BJP veteran were performed by his son Rohan. Thousands had gathered on Delhi roads earlier in the day to join Jaitley’s funeral procession. 

The former finance minister died at the age of 66, at AIIMS, New Delhi on Saturday.He was admitted to the AIIMS earlier this month after he complained of restlessness. 

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He was placed under observation at the hospital's cardio-neuro-centre.Condoling the demise of Jaitley, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described him as a "political giant, towering intellectual and legal luminary".

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In past one year, BJP has lost several of its leaders including former External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj, former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Union Minister Ananth Kumar. Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley died within 18 days.