Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan paid homage to former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley following his demise on Saturday, August 24. The senior BJP lawmaker passed away at the age of 66 at Delhi's AIIMS hospital suffering prolonged illness. After the hospital made the official announcement, Hrithik Roshan took to Twitter to mourn the loss. In the post, the actor revealed that he is absolutely heartbroken by the news. Further extending condolences to his family and loved ones, Hrithik Roshan said, 'the nation has lost a leader today'.
Absolutely heartbreaking to hear about the sudden demise of Shri Arun Jaitley Ji. The nation has lost a leader today. My deepest condolences to the family and loved ones in this hour of grief.— Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) August 24, 2019
Besides Hrithik Roshan, several other Bollywood stars including Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, and others have extended their condolences on social media.
Arun Jaitley, 66, was battling prolonged illness and was admitted to AIIMS on August 9th this year. He 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.
Arun Jaitley was announced dead by AIIMS earlier in the day, who in a statement revealed that he took his last breath at 12:07 PM.
Arun Jaitley involved in politics since his time as a student. He 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, Arun Jaitley was put under preventive custody for fighting the Emergency as part of the JP movement, the clampdown on him lasting 19 months. Later, he rose to become the president of the Delhi ABVP and its All India Secretary.
Arun Jaitley 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 Arun 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, is widely credited for forging consensus leading to the Constitutional amendment that eventually passed the GST Bill.