Former Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley passes away at 66

Former Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley passes away at 66

Twice, he had to take a break as Finance Minister, including earlier this year when he didn't the interim budget. As a fiery student leader, he was at forefront of protecting democracy during Emergency.

In the wake of Jaitley's passing, several senior ministers and Indian politicians have conveyed their condolences at the passing for the Bhartiya Janata Party stalwart.

Jaitley, who had stopped attending office since early April a year ago, was back in the finance ministry on August 23, 2018.

"BJP & Arun Jaitley Ji had unbreakable bond". Himachal Pradesh Governor Kalraj Mishra said, "Saddened to learn about the passing away of Shri Arun Jaitley ji".

"Untimely demise of former FM and senior leader Sh Arun Jaitley ji is a huge loss to the nation".

He was appointed the finance minister in the first term of the Narendra Modi government in 2014 and he went on to helm several key ministeries as and when the prime minister called for his services.

Jaitley did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election presumably because of his ill-health.

Most recently, despite his "retirement" from active politics, Mr Jaitley had tweeted extensively, backing the government's decision to revoke the special status for Indian-administered Kashmir and addressing head-on numerous arguments against the move.

Later, Jaitley pursued a career in law and practised in Delhi High Court and Supreme Court of India and joined the BJP in 1980. After taking over as the Additional Solicitor General of India in 1989 during the VP Singh government, he became a member of the party's national executive in 1991. In Vajpayee's government, he controlled information and broadcasting, as well as disinvestment, and later also law and justice and company affairs. He led the disinvestment and commerce ministry, he was given the job of party's official spokesperson due to his superb oratorical skills. Plays vital role during talks on Women Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha, supports Anna Hazare on Jan Lokpal Bill. Over the last few days, several leaders like President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and several other ministers visited Delhi AIIMS. He was a powerful intellectual, an able administrator and a man of impeccable integrity.



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