Arun Jaitley, the former finance minister of the country and an essential member of the Bhartiya Janata Party passed away at AIIMS hospital, New Delhi. He was 66 years old and was survived by wife and two children. He was taken to the hospital immediately when he started complaining of restlessness and breathlessness. He was under the observation at the Cardio-Neuro-Centre, but his health kept deteriorating with each passing day. The staff at the hospital said he was on ventilator throughout the week and was under the constant observation of the team of experts.
Sharing this heavy news, the authorities at the AIMMS made a statement saying, “It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Shri Arun Jaitley, Hon'ble Member of Parliament and former Finance Minister Government of India at 12:07 pm on August 24, 2019. Arun Jaitley was admitted in AIIMS, New Delhi on 09/08/2019 and was treated by a multidisciplinary team of senior Doctors.”
Arun Jaitley wasn’t keeping well for the last two years. The former finance minister underwent a kidney transplant operation in 2018. In 2014, he also underwent bariatric surgery for the extra weight that he had put on because of diabetes.
Arun Jaitley was Narendra Modi’s go-to person during his first term as the Prime Minister of India. Jaitley also took on added responsibilities for managing ministries other than his official post of finance.
As a finance minister, Arun Jaitley was the person who presented the budgets of Narendra Modi’s government. But because of his ill health, he was not able to present the interim budget for 2019. It was then presented by his fellow colleague, Piyush Goyal.
When the BJP government had won the Lok Sabha elections in 2014, Jaitley had written a request to Narendra Modi to not give him any responsibilities because of his fragile health.
Professionally Jaitley was a lawyer, he was put behind the bars by the Indira Gandhi government during the state of Emergency. During that time, he was a student leader.
Once released from the prison, Arun Jaitley joined active politics as an important member of the Jan Sangh, and gradually rose to higher ranks of the organisation. Jan Sangh was later called the BJP.
Arun Jaitley also served on the cabinet during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s term. Jaitley served as an opposition leader in the Rajya Sabha during 2009 and 2014, when the BJP sat in the Opposition benches.
Upon this unfortunate news, prominent personalities in of the country extended their condolences to the family members.
Ram Nath Kovind
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Alexandre Ziegler (French Ambassador)