New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the residence of late BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Tuesday to pay tributes to the departed leader and extend condolences to the bereaved family. He sat with the bereaved family of late former Union Finance Minister and also offered floral tributes at his late friend’s photograph.

PM Modi spent about 20 to 25 minutes at Jaitley’s residence. Apart from Jaitley’s wife and children, other family members were also present. Notably, Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrived at the residence of late BJP leader Jaitley earlier and received the prime minister along with the former Union finance minister’s son Rohan Jaitley.

On August 24, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was on a foreign trip, spoke to former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s wife and son to express condolences. Jaitley’s family members insisted PM not to cancel his ongoing foreign tour in UAE due to Jaitley’s demise.

The former Finance Minister and BJP bulwark, Arun Jaitley passed away at AIIMS at the age of 66 after suffering from a prolonged illness. Jaitley’s mortal remains were taken to his Kailash Colony residence on Sunday. The cremation was carried out at Nigambodh Ghat on August 25 and later on his remains were taken to the BJP headquarters.

On Friday, PM Modi reached UAE for his two-day State visit to discuss bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual interest with the top leadership including Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Addressing a gathering in Bahrain, Prime Minister Modi had said: “I cannot imagine that I am here in Bahrain, while my dear friend Arun Jaitley is no more. Some days ago, we lost our former external affairs minister behen Sushma (Swaraj) Ji. Today, my dear friend Arun went away.”

Modi’s visit to Bahrain was significant as it was the first visit of an Indian Prime Minister to the country. He was conferred with the ‘Order of Zayed’ and a commemorative stamp on Mahatma Gandhi was launched.