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. The Bihar CM also announced a two-day state mourning as a form of respect for the senior politician.
Gautam Gambhir tweeted condoling the demise of the BJP leader: Former India opener and BJP member of Parliament, Gautam Gambhir, who was close to Jaitley, said a part of him was gone with his demise.
A father teaches u to speak but a father figure teaches u to talk. A father teaches u to walk but a father figure teaches u to march on. A father gives u a name but a father figure gives u an identity. A part of me is gone with my Father Figure Shri Arun Jaitley Ji. RIP Sir.— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) August 24, 2019
Former cricketer Virendra Sehwag said:
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
Former cricketer Aakash Chopra said:
Deeply saddened to hear that Mr. Arun Jaitley is no more. A scholar...a cricket lover. Always helpful. Would remember the names of the kids doing well at U-19 level too. World will be poorer in your absence, sir. #riparunjaitley— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 24, 2019
BCCI acting president CK Khanna termed it a personal loss. "Our association goes back to our college days in Shri Ram College Of Commerce where we worked together, he as the President, and me as the General Secretary of the College Union. I also had the privilege of inviting and closely working with him in the Cricket Administration in DDCA and BCCI. His contribution in the field of cricket shall be remembered forever," Khanna said.
Saddened to hear about the demise of Shri Arun Jaitley. He donned several hats successfully, including that of a cricket administrator. India has lost a distinguished parliamentarian. My condolences to his family and friends.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 24, 2019
Uttarakhand Government has declared state mourning of a day following demise of Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the national flag will fly at half mast.
Arun Jaitley Ji’s demise is a huge loss to the nation. He was a brilliant lawyer and parliamentarian, whom I personally admired and from whom I have derived immense learning.— Jyotiraditya M. Scindia (@JM_Scindia) August 24, 2019
In him the nation has lost one of its leading lights and I have lost a family member. #ArunJaitley pic.twitter.com/gZIibW6DZ9
"I am personally, deeply saddened by the passing of Arun Jaitley," the CJI told PTI.Justice Gogoi said on behalf of the country's judiciary: "I express my condolences to his family and pray for the noble soul to rest in peace."
BJP veteran LK Advani condoles the death of Arun Jaitley. He said that the former union minister will be remembered for his sharp, analytical mind and as a soft-spoken, erudite and warm hearted person.
After former union minister Arun Jaitley passed away on Saturday August 24 at AIIMS, his corpse was taken to his residence in Kailash Colony, New Delhhi at around 15:45 hours. He had been facing heath problems since a long time. He had not joined the Modi 2.0 cabinet citing health issues. Announcing his demise, AIIMS stated: “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."
Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will be cremated on Sunday afternoon at the Nigambodh Ghat, BJP leader Sudhanshu Mittal said. Jaitley's body will be taken to his Kailash Colony residence after formalities are completed at the AIIMS. On Sunday morning, his body will be taken to the BJP headquarters where leaders across the political spectrum are expected to pay their last respects. From BJP headquarters, it will be taken to the Nigambodh Ghat for the last rites.
Maharashtra CM Devndra Fadnavis condoles Arun Jaitley's demise:
Shocked and deeply pained to know about our great leader Arun Jaitley ji. It is more painful as we lost another great leader after Sushma Swaraj ji in just a few days.— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) August 24, 2019
My deepest condolences to his family, friends and crore of @BJP4India Karyakartas.
This is my personal loss too! pic.twitter.com/jc3mmwJLeW
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani condoles his death:
Deeply saddened at the untimely passing away of Shri #ArunJaitley. Visited him just daybefore & prayed for his speedy recovery. He was a leader with deep intellect & knowledge, and a voice of reason. He will be dearly missed. My prayers with his family, friends & admirers.— Pranab Mukherjee (@CitiznMukherjee) August 24, 2019
BJP working president JP Nadda paid his condolences to the leader saying that it is a setback to the entire BJP family. He said that he has been guiding the BJP all through these years. He said that his absence in Indian politics cannot be compensated.
In a series of tweet, Amit Shah expressed what the BJP veteran Arun Jaitley meant to the party and his impeccable contribution to the nation. The Home Minister also canceled his Hyderabad visit midway and is returning to the national capital.
अरुण जेटली जी के निधन से अत्यंत दुःखी हूँ, जेटली जी का जाना मेरे लिये एक व्यक्तिगत क्षति है।— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) August 24, 2019
उनके रूप में मैंने न सिर्फ संगठन का एक वरिष्ठ नेता खोया है बल्कि परिवार का एक ऐसा अभिन्न सदस्य भी खोया है जिनका साथ और मार्गदर्शन मुझे वर्षो तक प्राप्त होता रहा।
खुशमिजाज व्यक्तित्व वाले जेटली जी से मिलना और उनसे विचार विमर्श करना सभी के लिए एक सुखद अनुभव होता था।— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) August 24, 2019
आज उनके जाने से देश की राजनीति और भारतीय जनता पार्टी में एक ऐसी रिक्तता आयी है जिसकी भरपाई होना जल्दी संभव नहीं है।
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 of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 24, 2019
Shri Arun Jaitley possessed a unique ability of discharging the most onerous responsibility with poise, passion and studied understanding.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 24, 2019
His passing leaves a huge void in our public life and our intellectual ecosystem. Condolences to his family and associates #PresidentKovind
On the demise of Arun Jaitley, the former finance minister of India, Prime Minister Modi who is on a foreign visit condoled his demise and spoke to his family members. In a series of tweet, the prime minister expressed his grief:
With the demise of Arun Jaitley Ji, I have lost a valued friend, whom I have had the honour of knowing for decades. His insight on issues and nuanced understanding of matters had very few parallels. He lived well, leaving us all with innumerable happy memories. We will miss him!— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 24, 2019
BJP and Arun Jaitley Ji had an unbreakable bond. As a fiery student leader, he was at forefront of protecting our democracy during the Emergency. He became a much liked face of our Party, who could articulate the Party programmes and ideology to a wide spectrum of society.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 24, 2019
On the day Jaitley 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 haemodynamically stable. 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.
In the Narendra Modi-led government, Jaitley was a centrepiece and was the Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, of Corporate Affairs and held the all-important Ministries of Finance and Defence. He 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.
Arun Jaitley’s political career spanned multiple decades and tenures. In fact, his political journey began in New Delhi in student politics, and Jaitley went on to become one of the main youth faces taking the Indira Gandhi regime on during the Emergency. 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.
Jaitley, 66, had been battling illness and was admitted to AIIMS on August 9th this year. Jaitley was visited by several top leaders of the country since his admission. President Kovind visited AIIMS on the day of his admission to the hospital, PM Modi visited him immediately after his return to the country from Bhutan. Union Minister Home Minister Amit Shah was also present in the hospital on August 11. Dr Harsh Vardhan, Delhi Chief Ministers Arvind Kejriwal, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, as well as senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi had also visited AIIMS to inquire on the former union minister. On the day Mr. Jaitley had been admitted, a number of senior government leaders including PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah had visited him at AIIMS. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu had also gone to AIIMS, on the day after Jaitley's admission.
The senior BJP leader, who held the portfolios of Finance and Corporate Affairs for the entirety of the first Narendra Modi-led NDA government, had earlier opted out of the second Modi government that was sworn-in in May, citing health grounds. He had, however, voiced that he would continue to serve the government and his party in what capacity he could.
I have today written a letter to the Hon’ble Prime Minister, a copy of which I am releasing: pic.twitter.com/8GyVNDcpU7— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) May 29, 2019
Arun Jaitley’s political career spanned multiple decades and tenures. In the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led government, 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 centre-piece and was the Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, of Corporate Affairs and held the all-important Ministries of Finance and Defence. He 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.