Former Finance Minister & BJP Lawmaker Arun Jaitley has passed away on Saturday, August 24, 2019, after being admitted to AIIMS in New Delhi on August 9. The hospital issued a statement recently announcing that Arun Jaitley took his last breath at 12:07 pm. Several celebrities and political leaders have come forward to mourn the loss. Many of them have taken to social media to extend condolences.
Recently, Former Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan paid heartfelt tribute to Arun Jaitley. In a recent Twitter post, she hailed the veteran political leader as a 'think tank' who used to give arguments and eloquent speeches.
हमेशा तर्क, तत्व और तथ्य पूर्वक भाषण करने वाले, शब्दों को तराशने वाले, भाजपा के प्रमुख कार्यकर्ता, नेता, पूर्व केंद्रीय मंत्री, संगठन कर्ता, थिंकटैंक श्री @arunjaitley जी को हृदय से श्रद्धांजलि।— Sumitra Mahajan 'tai' (@S_MahajanLS) August 24, 2019
In a consecutive post, Sumitra Mahajan remembered late EAM Sushma Swaraj and talked about how the Bharatiya Janata Party has lost two of its prominent leaders in a short interval of time. She hailed both Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley as 'strong, eloquent, and logical' and termed their demise as a 'personal loss'.
बहुत ही कम समय में भाजपा ने अपने दो बड़े नेता खोये हैं। दोनों कद्दावर, वाकपटु, तर्कशास्त्री, बड़े मंत्री, विपक्ष के नेता, संगठन कर्ता। यह मेरे लिए व्यक्तिगत क्षति है। मेरी अश्रुपूरित श्रद्धांजलि। @arunjaitley https://t.co/rsQPkSJjKL— Sumitra Mahajan 'tai' (@S_MahajanLS) August 24, 2019
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, being widely credited for forging consensus leading to the Constitutional amendment that eventually passed the GST Bill.
Arun 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.