Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley passed away on August 24, 2019, after being admitted to AIIMS in New Delhi on August 9, the hospital announced in a statement. He had been the Finance Minister in PM Narendra Modi's cabinet during his first term. However, citing health grounds, Arun Jaitley decided to not be a part of the Prime Minister's cabinet for the second term.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari expressed extreme sadness while speaking about the demise of former Finance Minister Arun Jaitely. Speaking to Republic TV, he said, "At the time when Chandra Shekhar Ji was the Prime Minister, he was a lawyer in Supreme Court, and his name was one of the big names in the legal industry, and I have been observing him since then".
Lauding his unique way of arguing his case and his remarkable speeches in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, the Union Minister said, "His contribution to the party has been immense. Especially when I was an executive with the BJP, I use to take his opinions on the highs and lows".
Terming the Former Finance Minister's sad demise as 'hard-hitting', Nitin Gadkari said, "I offer my condolences and prayers to his family and I hope that his soul rests in peace".
The former Finance Minister was active in politics since his student days. Arun Jaitley went on to become one of the BJP’s senior-most leaders and played a crucial role in Prime Minister Modi's cabinet during his first tenure.
Not only this, but the Former Union Minister had many accomplishments to his name-- he not only held the all-important portfolios of Union Finance Minister and Defence Minister in Narendra Modi’s first term at the Centre but was also the leader of the house in the Rajya Sabha for the Narendra Modi Government.
On the day he had been 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.
His 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.
Jaitley, 66, had been visited by several top leaders of the country since his admission. President Kovind visited AIIMS last week, PM Modi visited him immediately after his return to the country from Bhutan. Union Minister Home Minister Amit Shah visited him several times. 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.