Arun Jaitley, Former Finance Minister and BJP Veteran, Passes Away at 66

Former Finance Minister and Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley passed away at Delhi’s AIIMS hospital, two weeks after he was admitted following complaints of breathlessness. Jaitley was 66.

AIIMS in a statement said: “It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Shri Arun Jaitley… at 12:07…  Shri Arun Jaitley was admitted in AIIMS, New Delhi on 09/08/2019 and was treated by a multidisciplinary team of senior doctors.”

The senior BJP leader was put under life support after he was brought into the hospital on the 9th of August.

Jaitley’s body will be taken to his home soon and the funeral will be held tomorrow. Before the funeral at Nigambodh Ghat, Mr Jaitley’s body will be kept at the BJP office till 2 pm.

The President, Prime Minister and leaders across the political spectrum condoled his demise.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in the UAE, said Mr Jaitley was a “political giant, towering intellectual and legal luminary.”

Home Minister Amit Shah said Arun Jaitley had guided him for years. “Deeply saddened by Arun Jaitley’s death. His death is a personal loss for me. I have not just lost a senior party colleague but also a member of my family, who guided me for several years.”

Jaitley who was in the hospital for about two weeks had a long visitors list. President Kovind, PM Modi, Amit Shah along with political leaders like Mayawati, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Nitish Kumar and Yogi Adityanath visited him at AIIMS.

Jaitley who is a lawyer by profession was a part of PM Modi’s cabinet during his first term in office. He held the portfolios of finance and defence portfolios. It was under him that bankruptcy code and the Goods and Services Tax or GST came into force.

He got a triple heart bypass surgery when he was 52. In September 2014, he underwent bariatric surgery to correct the weight he had gained because of a long-standing diabetic condition. In May 2018 Arun Jaitley had undergone a kidney transplant and in Feb this year he visited the US for treatment for a rare condition.

Source : Various