New Delhi: Former Union Finance Minister and a Bharatiya Janata Party stalwart Arun Jaitley passed away at the age of 66, on Saturday morning, after suffering from a prolonged illness. Several politicians have expressed their condolences to the demise.

Home Minister Amit Shah, who was in Hyderabad is shortening his trip to return to Delhi.

Amit Shah on Twitter: “I am deeply saddened by the death of Arun Jaitley, Jaitley’s departure is a personal loss for me. As for him, I have lost not only a senior leader of the organization but also an integral member of the family whose support and guidance I have been receiving for years.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi: “An articulate leader who made a lasting contribution to India”

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh: “A proficient lawyer by profession and an efficient politician by passion.”

Congress leader and senior advocate Kapil Sibal: “An old friend and a dear colleague will be remembered for his seminal contributions to the polity and as FM of India . As Leader of Opposition he was without match . He always stood steadfastly for his friends and for his party .”

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee: “An outstanding Parliamentarian & a brilliant lawyer, appreciated across parties.”

United States Ambassador to India, Ken Juster: “It is with much sadness that we have learned of the passing of Arun Jaitley. He was a great statesman and a strong proponent of the U.S.-India relationship. May he rest in peace.”

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra: “Arun Jaitley a man who donned many Hats”

Uma Bharti: “Personal loss”

It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Arun Jaitley, the AIIMS said in a brief statement.

Jaitley was rushed to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here on August 9 after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness.