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Arun Jaitley – India’s Former Finance Minister Passed Away

New Delhi, 25 August, (

Arun Jaitley, the former Finance Minister in Narendra Modi government’s first term, who ushered in India's biggest tax reforms and was the chief trouble-shooter for the BJP, died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here on Saturday after battling multiple health issues for the last several months. He was 66.

In a brief statement, the hospital said Jaitley breathed his last at 12.07 pm. He was admitted to the hospital on August 9 following a complaint of breathing difficulty.

As per hospital sources, health of former finance minister Arun Jaitley deteriorated on Friday, said. Jaitley was rushed to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here on August 9 after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness.

He was on life support since Tuesday, sources said.

Born in Delhi in December 1952, Jaitley completed his schooling from St. Xaviers, Delhi and went on to pursue further education in Sri Ram College of Commerce, before completing his law degree from Delhi University. Prior to joining politics, he was a practicing lawyer and had worked on the Bofors scandal

Jaitley’s initiation into politics took place in 1991 when he became a member of the national executive of the BJP and he later became the party’s spokesperson in 1999.

He later took over as the Minister of State, Department of Information and Broadcasting and also Ministry of Law, Justice and Company Affairs. He became a member of the Rajya Sabha for the first time in 2000 from Gujarat.

Jaitley, known as a consensus builder, was the BJP's man for all seasons and acted as the key strategist for the Modi government in its first term. He oversaw the finance, defence, corporate affairs and information and broadcasting ministries.

Arun Jaitley did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election, presumably because of his ill-health.

In May this year, he was admitted to AIIMS for treatment. He had undergone a renal transplant on May 14 last year at AIIMS with Railways Minister Piyush Goyal filling in for him in the finance ministry at that time.

In September 2014, he underwent bariatric surgery to correct the weight he had gained because of a long-standing diabetic condition.

In the meantime, India’s prime minister Narendra Modi who is on a visit to France, UAE and Bahrain. He is due to return after attending the G-7 Summit in France on Monday.

Soon after the news of BJP’s leader’s death broke, Prime Minister Modi, mourning the death of former Union finance minister, said he has lost a valued friend.

“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!

Modi, who is in Abu Dhabi, spoke with Jaitley’s wife Sangeeta and son Rohan to express his condolences.

Both the wife and son of Arun Jaitley on Saturday insisted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should not cut short his three-nation tour following the demise of the BJP leader, sources in the government have said.

“Both of them insisted that PM does not cancel his current foreign tour,” a source said.

BJP leader Sudhanshu Mittal said that Arun Jaitley will be cremated on Sunday afternoon at the Nigambodh Ghat

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Arun Jaitley – India’s Former Finance Minister Passed Away
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