BJP veteran Arun Jaitley passes away aged 66
August 24, 2019 | 12:10 PM
by Times News Service
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New Delhi: Indian politicians have come together to pay condolences to Arun Jaitley, the country’s former Finance Minister who passed away at the age of 66.

Jaitley was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), and was pronounced dead by doctors at the hospital seven minutes after noon local time, on 24 August, 2019.

Dr Aarti Vij, the chairperson of the AIIMS media and protocol division, said, “It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Shri Arun Jaitley, Honourable Member of Parliament and former Finance Minister, Government of India, at 12:07 pm on 24 August 2019. Shri Arun Jaitley was admitted in AIIMS on 09 August 2019, and was treated by a multidisciplinary team of senior doctors.”

In the wake of Jaitley’s passing, several senior ministers and Indian politicians have conveyed their condolences at the passing for the Bhartiya Janata Party stalwart.

“Deeply grieved at the passing away of Shri Arun Jaitley ji,” said Dr S Jaishankar, India’s External Affairs Minister. “A towering political figure who influenced an entire generation. Will miss our discussions, on politics as much as cricket.”

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the country’s Union Minister of Minority Affairs, added, “the country today lost a lively person whose every moment of life was a textbook of inspiration. Arun Jaitley ji’s demise is an irreparable loss to the nation,” and Harsimrat Kaur Badal, India’s Union Cabinet Minister of Food Processing, said, “Arun Jaitley ji’s passing has left a void for all of us. A distinguished parliamentarian and visionary, Jaitley Ji won people’s respect by his unflinching efforts for public welfare & nation building.”

Several parliamentary members also offered condolences to Jaitley, with Odisha Member of Parliament Anubhav Mohanty saying,

“Deeply saddened to know of the demise of former Union minister and senior BJP leader, Shri Arun Jaitley ji. My heartfelt condolences to his family members and friends. May God give them strength. May his soul rest in peace.”

Navin Jaiswal, the BJP’s State Secretary for Jharkhand state, added, “Deeply saddened to hear about untimely demise of our former Finance Minister and senior leader Arun Jaitley Ji. Praying for peace for the departed soul and strength for the bereaved family.”

Ramesh Bidhuri, Lok Sabha MP from South Delhi, added: “A profound lawyer, stalwart politician and a good human being, you will be missed! My deepest condolences as we lose one of our brightest gems today. May god give strength to the family,” and Sanjay Nirupam of the Indian National Congress said, “Saddened by the passing away of former finance minister Arun Jaitley. Great parliamentarian and a top class lawyer of India had said once, there is no last date in politician’s calendar. But he met his last date unfortunately. My heartfelt condolences to his family.”

Himachal Pradesh Governor Kalraj Mishra said, “Saddened to learn about the passing away of Shri Arun Jaitley ji. My deepest condolences to his family, friends and admirers and pray that his soul rests in peace.”

Supriya Sahu, the Director General of Doordarshan, India’s state-run news broadcaster, said, “Heart breaking news of the passing away of Shri Arun Jaitley ji. A true visionary and a statesman, he always guided, motivated and supported us as the then Information and Broadcasting Minister. Heartfelt condolences. RIP.”

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