Former Mumbai chief of Congress Milind Deora who knew Arun Jaitley at a personal level spoke about his memories of him as political leader. Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley passed away on Saturday. He spoke at length what made Jaitley an astute leader and about his contribution to the country. He also spoke about what he learnt from him as well as why India needs more leaders like him.
"Well, I have personal memories as I had a close relationship with him and his family. I have many memories at a personal and political level. memories form political level that I want to share are about a statesman whom we lost. Someone who really upped the bar for parliamentary democracy of our country and someone who thought leadership was not about choosing sides but bringing sides together. He was able to cut across political spectrum to get things done for India. An Indian politician has to be Indian before he is a member of BJP or Congress or any other political parties and he represented that kind of philosophy.
"For me personally, he guided me about the state of politics at that time well before I got into it; how I should apply my mind, think about my career in it.and after I got into politics and won my first elections to the point I became a minister to the point l lost the elections, till a few weeks ago when I had a chance to visit him at his home. He always offered valuable insights. He was a rational, practical, brilliant minister and very loyal to those he considered his friends. Leaders like Jaitley transcended party lines. I never saw him as a BJP leader, and India needs leaders like him when politics in Parliament has become confrontational. We need leaders who can get things done in national interest," he said.