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  • Former FM and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley passes away

    Published on August 24, 2019

    Senior BJP leader and Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley passed away in New Delhi today. He was ailing for some time. He was undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit under the supervision of a multi-disciplinary team of doctors at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, AIIMS in New Delhi. In a statement, AIIMS said, Mr Jaitley who was admitted to the hospitals on 9th of this month passed away at 12:07 PM today.

    President Ram Nath Kovind has expressed grief over the passing away of Arun Jaitley. Mr Kovind said, a brilliant lawyer, a seasoned parliamentarian and a distinguished Minister, he contributed immensely to nation building. He said, Arun Jaitley possessed a unique ability of discharging the most onerous responsibility with poise, passion and studied understanding.

    Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu got the news of demise of Arun Jaitley as he was about to take off from Chennai for inauguration of Railway and Defence project at Nellore. Mr Naidu has cancelled his programme and returning to Delhi.

    Vice-President  M Venkaiah Naidu said, Mr Jaitley’s death is an irreparable loss for the country and personally to him also. Mr.Naidu said, he had no words to express  grief. The Vice President described him a powerful intellectual, an able administrator and a man of impeccable integrity.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his grief over the demise of Arun Jaitley. In a series of tweet, Mr Modi said, Jaitley was a political giant, towering intellectual and legal luminary. He was an articulate leader who made a lasting contribution to India. Prime Minister also spoke to Mr Jaitley’s wife and son and expressed condolences.

    Mr. Modi said, Jaitley was full of life, blessed with wit, a great sense of humour and charisma. He was admired by people across all sections of society. He was multi-faceted, having impeccable knowledge about India’s Constitution, history, public policy, governance and administration. Prime Minister said, during his long political career, Arun Jaitley held multiple ministerial responsibilities, which enabled him to contribute towards India’s economic growth, strengthening the defence capabilities, creating people friendly laws and enhancing trade with other nations.

    Prime Minister said, BJP and Arun Jaitley had an unbreakable bond. As a fiery student leader, he was at forefront of protecting our democracy during the Emergency. He became a much liked face of BJP, who could articulate the party programmes and ideology to a wide spectrum of society. He said, with the demise of Arun Jaitley, he has lost a valued friend. His insight on issues and nuanced understanding of matters had very few parallels. Mr Modi said, he lived well, leaving us all with innumerable happy memories.

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has expressed his grief over the demise of Arun Jaitley. He described Mr Jaitley as his friend and an extremely valued colleague. Mr Singh said, he was a proficient lawyer by profession and an efficient politician by passion. He said, Mr Jaitley will always be remembered for pulling the economy out of the gloom and putting it back on the right track. Home Minister Amit Shah said, it is a personal loss for him. Mr Shah said, he has lost not only a senior party leader but also a family member.

    Congress Interim President  Sonia Gandhi has expressed deep pain and distress at the untimely passing away of  Arun Jaitley. Condoling his death,  she said that  he had a long innings as a public figure, Parliamentarian and Minister and his contributions to public life will forever be remembered.

    Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Environment and Forest Prakash Javadekar has said, he is shocked at the demise of his friend Arun Jaitley. He said, his wits, elephantine memory, great oratory skills, logical and unbeatable arguments and articulations will always be remembered. Mr Javadekar said, it is a great loss for the party and the country.
    Bihar Chief Minister expressed grief on the  death of former finance Minister Arun Jaitely. Mr. Kumar termed  death of Jaitely is a great loss to nation and the vacumm could not be filled up.The government has declared two day state mourning in Bihar.

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that untimely demise of former Finance Minister and senior leader Arun Jaitley is a huge loss to the nation. In a tweet, Mr Kejriwal said, a legal luminary and an experienced political leader known for his governance skills will be missed by the country.

    A towering figure in Indian politics, former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Arun Jaitley was the Union Finance Minister in the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance Government’s first term in power at the Centre. Besides finance, Jaitley previously held the defence, corporate affairs, commerce and industry and law and justice portfolios in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Narendra Modi Governments. Jaitley, who has been indisposed for some time, was not able to present the Union Budget for 2018-19 and the 2019-20 Interim Budget due to his poor health. He also did not contest the Lok Sabha Elections in 2019.

    With Jaitley as the Finance Minister, the government was able to take several key economic initiatives like demonetization and the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). In Jaitley’s stewardship, the Modi Government merged the Railway Budget with the General Budget. Moreover, the decision to advance the date of the General Budget to 1st of February was also taken with Jaitley as the Finance Minister. GST went under several tax-slab revisions and Jaitley manoeuvred them efficiently. He also introduced Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code to resolve the issues with companies that were turning insolvent. IBC has played a key role in the corporate sector in recent times.

    Arun Jaitley has contributed in a major way to the BJP and the government for over two decades. He has been one of the most important strategists for the party. Jaitley was seen as a key player in preparing the party’s strategies for the Lok Sabha and the Assembly elections for decades. He has been in charge of states such as Gujarat since 2002, besides Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Goa, Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Assam and West Bengal.

    A towering figure in Indian politics, former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Arun Jaitley was the Union Finance Minister in the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance Government’s first term in power at the Centre. Besides finance, Jaitley previously held the defence, corporate affairs, commerce and industry and law and justice portfolios in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Narendra Modi Governments. Jaitley, who has been indisposed for some time, was not able to present the Union Budget for 2018-19 and the 2019-20 Interim Budget due to his poor health. He also did not contest the Lok Sabha Elections in 2019.

    With Jaitley as the Finance Minister, the government was able to take several key economic initiatives like demonetization and the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). In Jaitley’s stewardship, the Modi Government merged the Railway Budget with the General Budget. Moreover, the decision to advance the date of the General Budget to 1st of February was also taken with Jaitley as the Finance Minister. GST went under several tax-slab revisions and Jaitley manoeuvred them efficiently. He also introduced Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code to resolve the issues with companies that were turning insolvent. IBC has played a key role in the corporate sector in recent times.

    Arun Jaitley has contributed in a major way to the BJP and the government for over two decades. He has been one of the most important strategists for the party. Jaitley was seen as a key player in preparing the party’s strategies for the Lok Sabha and the Assembly elections for decades. He has been in charge of states such as Gujarat since 2002, besides Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Goa, Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Assam and West Bengal.

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