Arun Jaitley dies at 66 Updates: President Kovind says extremely saddened, PM Modi calls him political giant


Arun Jaitley passes away: Veteran BJP leader and former Finance Minister Arun Jaitely died on Saturday in New Delhi. He was 66. Arun Jaitely had been suffering from various ailments for the past few years. He was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) New Delhi on August 9. In a statement, AIIMS said he was being treated by a multidisciplinary team of senior doctors. Condolence messages from leaders from political parties across the spectrum and people from different walks of life have started to pour in. Follow LIVE blog for latest updates

Arun Jaitley was a towering intellectual, saddened by his death: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Arun Jaitley was a “political giant” and a towering intellectual. PM Modi said passing away of Arun Jaitley is very saddening.

“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.”

“Full of life, blessed with wit, a great sense of humour and charisma, Arun Jaitley Ji was admired by people across all sections of society. He was multi-faceted, having impeccable knowledge about India’s Constitution, history, public policy, governance and administration.

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.”

Extremely saddened, says President Kovind on Arun Jaitley’s death

President Ram Nath Kovind said he is extremely saddened by the death of Arun Jaitley. President Kovind said Arun Jaitley was a brilliant lawyer and seasoned parliamentarian. “Extremely saddened by the passing of Shri Arun Jaitley after battling a long illness with fortitude and dignity. A brilliant lawyer, a seasoned parliamentarian, and a distinguished Minister, he contributed immensely to nation building,” President Kovind said in a tweet.

Arun Jaitley’s death huge loss for nation, says Arvind Kejriwal

Arun Jaitley passes away: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in his condolence message said Arun Jaitley’s death is a “huge loss for the nation”.

“Untimely demise of former FM and senior leader Sh Arun Jaitley ji is a huge loss to the nation. A legal luminary and an experienced political leader known for his governance skills will be missed by the country. Thoughts and prayers with his family in this moment of grief. RIP,” Kejriwal said in a tweet.

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Senior Congress leader and Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor said he is deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Arun Jaitley. He said Arun Jaitley was his friend and senior from Delhi University.

“We first met when he was at DUSU and I was president of St Stephen’s College Union. Despite political differences we enjoyed a healthy mutual respect and debated his Budget often in the Lok Sabha. A great loss for India,” he said.

Amit Shah cut shorts Hyderabad visit

Home Minister Amit Shah has cut short his visit to Hyderabad. He is returning to New Delhi following the death of former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Arun Jaitley’s death a personal loss for me: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah in his condolence message for Arun Jaitley said his death comes as a personal loss for him. He said, “In death of Arun Jaitley I have not only lost a senior leader of the BJP but a member of my family.”

Full text of AIIMS Delhi on Arun Jaitley’s death

Here is the full text of the press release issues by AIIMS Delhi on the death of Arun Jaitley:

“It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Shri Arun Jaitley, Hon’ble Member of Parliament & Former Finance Minister, Government of India at 12:07 pm on 24th August, 2019.

Shri Arun Jaitley was admitted in AIIMS, New Delhi on 09/08/2019 and was treated by a multidisciplinary team of senior Doctors.”


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