BJP veteran and former finance minister Arun Jaitley died today at AIIMS in New Delhi. He was 66. In a brief statement, the hospital said Jaitley died at 12.07 pm.
“It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Arun Jaitley, former Finance Minister of Government of India, at 12.07 pm on August 24”, the AIIMS said.
Various leaders have condoled his death. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “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 added: “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 further: “During his long political career, Arun Jaitley Ji held multiple ministerial responsibilities, which enabled him to contribute towards India’s economic growth, strengthening our defence capabilities, creating people friendly laws and enhancing trade with other nations.”
Home Minister Amit Shah dubbed Arun Jaitley’s demise “personal loss”. Shah has also cut short his Hyderabad trip over the passing away of the former Finance Minister of India.