Union Home Minister Amit Shah paid a heartfelt tribute to the former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at the condolence meet organised by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Tuesday. Shah remembered Jaitley as a person who worked relentlessly till his last breath and always kept the nation's interest before anything else. The condolence meet witnessed the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, and several leaders from the opposition.
"The nation and the party, are deeply saddened with the untimely demise of Arun Jaitley. The blank spaces that have been created with his demise will remain for a long time," said the Home Minister. "Arun ji was a woke Member of Parliament, a powerful orator and a person who always placed the nation’s peak interests before anything else. He also had the skill to transcend political and age barriers and make friends from all walks of life," Shah added.
While remembering the first time that Shah came to Delhi, the senior BJP leader said that Jaitley always stood beside him like a rock.
"In the most difficult situations in my life, even when I came to Delhi for the first time, I never felt as if I had come away from home. Be it about the party or any legal fight, he always stood by my side like an elder brother," Shah said.
The senior BJP leader also lauded the former Finance Minister on the GST reform and its smooth application across the country. Shah said, "His iconic tax reform, GST, was warmly welcomed by all the parties and was passed through unanimously." Shah also added that Jaitley was a man of multifaceted talent, always kept an eye on the public sector and was a guiding light for many leaders.
The former Finance Minister had passed away on August 24 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi at the age of 66. He was cremated with full state honours at the Nigambodh Ghat in New Delhi on August 25.