The former union minister Arun Jaitley passed away on August 24, Saturday at AIIMS, New Delhi after being admitted there since August 9. His mortal remains were carried to BJP headquarters on Sunday. Paying their tribute to the leader, the BJP posted a video of his journey and wrote a heartfelt condolence message. "A heartfelt tribute from the BJP family to the eminent speaker, eminent thinker, and senior BJP leader Shri Arun Jaitley. God bless his departed soul," they wrote. On Sunday morning, leaders across the BJP and others came to the headquarters in Delhi to pay their last respects. Among them were Baba Ramdev and BJP leader Nitin Gadkari who spoke to media.
Baba Ramdev arrived at the BJP headquarters on Sunday to pay his last respects to Arun Jaitley. Speaking to media outside the BJP headquarters, Baba Ramdev said: "Respected Jaitley sahab was a great man and people like him came after years. His political career his life is an inspiration for all. He had the leadership quality to lead the world not only the country. And he had a knowledge of every topic, but he was sensitive to issues as well and he had exemplary will power. I met him one and a half month ago and I cannot believe he has gone, his loss makes me feel orphan." Baba Ramdev was visibly low at the last rites ceremony and paused twice while speaking as he was about to break down.
The mortal remains of former finance minister Arun Jaitley were on Sunday morning brought to the BJP headquarters for his admirers and followers to pay their last respects. The 66-year-old passed away at the AIIMS on Saturday. He was undergoing treatment at the hospital, where he was admitted on August 9. His body was brought to the BJP headquarters located on the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg from his Kailash Colony residence. The body will be taken to the Nigambodh Ghat on the banks of the Yamuna river for performing the last rites around 2.30 pm with full State honours, a senior BJP leader said.
Outside the party office, people chanted "Jab tak suraj chand rahega Jaitley tera naam rahega" (Your name will endure as long as the Sun and the Moon exist)" and 'Jaitley ji amar rahe' (You live long forever). BJP workers and mourners are queued up in large numbers outside the party headquarters to pay their last respects to the leader. On Saturday, the body was kept at his residence where President Ram Nath Kovind, BJP president Amit Shah and several leaders across the political spectrum offered floral tributes to the former Union minister. Shah on Saturday said Jaitley was a crusader against corruption and credited him for taking the Jan Dhan Yojana to the masses, demonetisation and the successful implementation of the GST.