JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar expressed his sadness over the Arun Jaitley's demise. The Bihar CM also announced a two-day state mourning as a form of respect for the senior politician. The former Finance Minister passed away on Saturday after a prolonged battle with illness. He has been remembered by politicians across party lines as a leader who's demise will lead to a void in the public space.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and Deputy CM Sushil Modi cancelled their official programme after the sudden demise of the BJP leader. Sources say Nitish Kumar will travel to Delhi soon. The news of Arun Jaitley came on Saturday noon of August 24, 2019. As per sources, Nitish Kumar and Jaitley knew each other personally. Sources also say that Kumar would visit Arun Jaitley whenever he would go to Delhi.
Former Mumbai chief of Congress Milind Deora spoke about his friendship with Arun Jaitley. He said that he the former Union Minister personally as well as at a political level, Jaitley would reach out to leaders across party lines. He said that the ex-Finance MInister guided him in his political career. He also said that India needs more leaders like Arun Jaitley.
On the untimely demise of Arun Jaitley on August 24, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condoled his death and wrote a letter to Arun Jaitley's family and extended his heartfelt condolences. Conveying that he was sad and shocked at hearing about the passing of Jaitley, Singh wrote that the country "has lost a great leader who always worked for the betterment of society." Singh's letter, which was addressed to Jaitley's wife Sangeeta Jaitley, paid tribute to the former Finance Minister and described him as "an eminent lawyer, an excellent orator, a very good administrator and an outstanding Parliamentarian". Referring to Jaitley as "our beloved Shri Arun Jaitley", in the letter, the former Prime Minister and Senior Congressmen also conveyed his "heartfelt condolences" to the rest of the family.
Arun Jaitley was an outstanding parliamentarian, powerful intellectual, and man of impeccable integrity. He dealt with many important portfolios: Vice President Venkaiah Naiduhttps://t.co/Ar5oNWEpM1 pic.twitter.com/V8DLy8VwMQ— Republic (@republic) August 24, 2019
Arun Jaitley’s political career spanned multiple decades and tenures. In the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led government, Mr Jaitley held the portfolios of Information and Broadcasting while simultaneously holding Independent Charge of the Department of Disinvestment and going on to hold the Ministry of Law, Justice and Company Affairs and then the Ministry of Shipping. In the Narendra Modi-led government, Jaitley came to be a centrepiece and was the Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, of Corporate Affairs and held the all-important Ministries of Finance and Defence. The veteran BJP politician was also leader of the house in the Rajya Sabha since the Modi government came into office and had been a member of the upper house from Gujarat since 2000. It was Jaitley who rolled out the GST in 2017 which saw India becoming a unified market for goods and services for the first time, and was also the first chairman of the GST council, being widely credited for forging consensus leading to the Constitutional amendment that eventually passed the GST Bill.