Saturday, 24 Aug, 3.18 am HW English

LIVE updates: Former FM Arun Jaitley passes away; leaders condole death

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.

The health of former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who was admitted to AIIMS, deteriorated on August 23, hospital sources said, as reported by PTI.

Jaitley, 66, was hospitalized to AIIMS Delhi on August 9, after he suffered from breathlessness.

He was put on a ventilator in a week.

Several prominent leaders including President Ram Nath Kovind, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani, Jitendra Singh, Ram Vilas Paswan and Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Congress leaders Abhishek Singhvi and Jyotiraditya Scindia and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat have visited the hospital in recent days to enquire about Mr. Jaitley's health and meet his family members.

2:30 PM

'His death is an irreparable loss for the country and personally to me also. I have no words to express my grief. He was a powerful intellectual, an able administrator and a man of impeccable integrity', he told news agency ANI.

2:15 PM

Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi's statement on former Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's demise.

— ANI (@ANI)

2:00 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paid tribute to former FM Arun Jaitley who passed away earlier today, and called him 'a political gaint'.

Taking to Twitter, Mr Modi wrote, 'Arun Jaitley Ji was a political giant, towering intellectual and legal luminary. He was an articulate leader who made a lasting contribution to India. His passing away is very saddening. Spoke to his wife Sangeeta Ji as well as son Rohan, and expressed condolences. Om Shanti'.

1:15 PM

Sadly what remains is only memories.I was in #AtalBihariVajpayee cabinet,dear friend #ArunJaitley was colleague His invaluable contribution in several diverse sectors,government,parliament,legal fraternity,politics,public life is now unfortunately memory.Incredible contribution

— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu)

12:55 PM

Arun Jaitley ji served the nation in several capacities and he was an asset to the government and the party organisation.

He always had a deep and clear understanding of the issues of the day. His knowledge and articulation won him several friends.

— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh)

12:50 PM

Untimely demise of former FM and senior leader Sh Arun Jaitley ji is a huge loss to the nation. A legal luminary and an experienced political leader known for his governance skills will be missed by the country. Thoughts and prayers with his family in this moment of grief. RIP

— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal)

12:45 PM

Very sorry to hear about Mr. Arun Jaitley. Condolences to his family.

— ashabhosle (@ashabhosle)

12:40 PM

Extremely saddened at the passing away of Arun Jaitley Ji, after a battle bravely borne. An outstanding Parliamentarian & a brilliant lawyer, appreciated across parties. His contribution to Indian polity will be remembered. My condolences to his wife, children, friends & admirers

— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial)

12:35 PM

A stalwart who paid tribute to his simple beginnings by helping those with meagre means . Orator par excellence, legal luminary @arunjaitley ji served the Nation and sangathan with dedication and zeal. My tributes to him. Condolences to loved ones. Om Shanti.

— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani)

12:30 PM

12:20 PM

God bless Arun Jaitley ..RIP

— SantoshSivanASC. ISC (@santoshsivan)

12:15 PM

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.

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