Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley passed away on Saturday. He was 66. Arun Jaitley was admitted to AIIMS in New Delhi on August 9. On the day the veteran BJP leader was admitted to AIIMS, the hospital had issued a statement saying that he was being given treatment in the ICU under a multidisciplinary team of doctors and that at that point he was hemodynamically stable. Arun Jaitley's unfortunate demise marks the end of an extraordinary career that has witnessed him holding incredibly important positions at various levels, both in the government and outside.
After the former Finance Minister's untimely demise, condolences messages came in from all corners which included politicians, celebrities and the general public. Even the cricketing fraternity came forward to pay tribute to the late BJP leader.
Former Team India skipper Anil Kumble took to social media and wrote that he was deeply saddened by the untimely demise of Shri. Arun Jaitley. Kumble also wrote that he fondly remembers their conversations around cricket. The spin legend then mentioned that Arun Jaitley's contributions in every field will remain unparalleled. The ex-captain then expressed his heartfelt condolences to Jaitley's family and friends.
Read the tweet here:
Deeply saddened by the untimely demise of Shri. Arun Jaitley. Fondly remember our conversations around cricket. His contributions in every field will remain unparalleled. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. 🙏🏽— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) August 24, 2019
Ex- Team India batsman VVS Laxman came forward to pay his last respects to Arun Jaitley.
One of Team India's most athletic fielders, Mohammad Kaif also paid tribute to Arun Jaitley on Twitter.
Deeply saddened by the demise of #ArunJaitley ji. My heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones 🙏🏽— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 24, 2019
Team India's former vice-captain Virender Sehwag also paid a heartwarming tribute to Arun Jaitley.
Pained at the passing away of #ArunJaitley ji. Apart from having served greatly in public life , he played a huge role in many players from Delhi getting an opportunity to represent India. There was a time when not many players from Delhi got a chance at the highest level ..cont— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 24, 2019
Born in Delhi on December 28, 1952, Arun Jaitley studied at the St Xavier's school and went on to graduate with a degree in commerce from the Shri Ram College of Commerce in 1973, and went on to pursue an LLB at the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. At that time, he is also said to have considered becoming a Chartered Accountant.
Active in politics since his time as a student, Jaitley was a member of the ABVP, and served as the President of the Delhi University Students Union in 1974. Like a number of his contemporaries in the BJP, Jaitley was put under preventive custody for fighting the Emergency as part of the JP movement, the clampdown on him lasting 19 months.
He rose to become the president of the Delhi ABVP and its All India Secretary, He became the president of the youth wing of the Jan Sangh which he had joined later.
Parallel to his political commitments, Jaitley also practiced law, before the Supreme Court and numerous High Courts. He was appointed ASG in the VP Singh government in 1989 and has also appeared in several corporate matters. He stopped practicing law only in June 2009 on becoming the leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha. In the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government, he had served as the Minister for Law and Justice.
He is best known for having served as the Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs in the first Narendra Modi government, has also held portfolios of Defence and Information and Broadcasting. 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.
Jaitley opted out of the second Narendra Modi government, having gone to the US for two spells of treatment for a medical ailment in 2018-19. He has, however, regularly taken to Facebook and Twitter to pen blogs on various significant issues in the country.