Breaking News: Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley passes away aged 66
New Delhi| Senior BJP leader and former Finance Minister of India, Arun Jaitley passed away on Saturday morning. He was admitted to AIIMS at around following complaints of Chest pain. He was 66 years old.
He had been admitted to the Cardio-Neuro centre of AIIMS. Reportedly, nephrologists were examining the former FM. Jaitley's health had been deteriorating and thus he had refused to be part of the second Modi cabinet after the massive mandate in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. he had also written a letter to PM Modi citing the same.
Jaitley who served as the Finance Minister in the first Modi cabinet was one of the prominent lawyers in the country.
Arun Jaitley, the finance minister of India and a prominent leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, was born on December 28, 1952, in New Delhi. A lawyer by profession, he then joined politics full time. Arun Jaitley's father Maharaj Kishan Jaitley was a noted lawyer. He did his schooling from St Xavier's School in Delhi and graduated from Shri Ram College of Commerce. He then took a law degree in 1977.
He first made his mark on the national level as a student leader of ABVP when he was under preventive detention during Emergency. Jaitley was a prominent young face in Anti-corruption movement against Indira Gandhi government launched by Jay Prakash Narayan.
Arun Jaitley has been known as a successful lawyer. He also worked as the Supreme Court lawyer. In 1990, he was elected senior legislator of the Delhi High Court. In 1998, he was elected to the United Nations General Assembly on the basis of his knowledge and experience in the field of law.
On October 13, 1999, he was appointed to the cabinet of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He was entrusted with the Ministry of Technology and Broadcasting. He served as the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha from 2009 to 2014. He served as the Finance Minister in first Modi cabinet. He also held the charge of Defense Ministry for a brief period.