WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Aug 24, 2019, 03.43 PM
Former finance minister and veteran BJP leader Arun Jaitley passed away at the age of 66 on Saturday. Jaitley's last rites will be held on Sunday with full state honours at Delhi's Nigambodth Ghat, BJP working President J P Nadda told reporters.
"All the people of India are deeply saddened by the demise of Arun Jaitley Ji. Pleasant by personality, a team player by attitude and a savior for the government in times of need, he served the party and nation with full commitment," Nadda said, adding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had spoken to Jaitley's family members and that the whole BJP cadre is with them in this hour of grief.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to pay tribute to former Finance Minister #ArunJaitley, on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Arun Jaitley passed away at All India Institute Of Medical Sciences, Delhi, earlier today. (file pics) pic.twitter.com/EEXbQYjKQ3
"Arun Jaitley Ji was a political giant, towering intellectual and legal luminary. He was an articulate leader who made a lasting contribution to India. His passing away is very saddening. Spoke to his wife Sangeeta Ji as well as son Rohan, and expressed condolences. Om Shanti,'' tweeted Modi minutes after Jaitley breathed his last.
Jaitley held important portfolios during the first tenure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government.
He was not keeping well for some time. After Modi government retained power in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Jaitley wrote to Prime Minister Modi, saying he would not take up any responsibility in the government due to his deteriorating health condition.
(With inputs from agencies)
Jaitley's mortal remains were taken to his Kailash Colony residence in Delhi from AIIMS. Leaders, politicians thronged the BJP's veteran's residence to pay their last respects.