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    Arun Jaitley Passes Away: “Arun Jaitley has left us. We have lost some very competent and dedicated stalwarts who were karyakartas at their hearts and in behaviour. Arun Ji’s passing away is an irreparable loss. A void is created that can’t be filled. A dear friend is gone. An intellectual, a leader with human approach and an adept at crisis management will now only be a memory. He was a model for any youth aspiring to be in public life. He set a high moral example. My deep condolences. I pray almighty for the departed soul,” said RSS’ Duttatrey Hosbale in a condolence message.
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    Arun Jaitley Passes Away: “Jaitley was a seasoned and efficient politician and a competent lawyer too,” Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said in a condolence message. Deb, also stated that as a Finance Minister Jaitley had shown a new economic roadmap for the country and worked relentlessly during his tenure as Union Minister.

  • 7:39 PM IST

    Arun Jaitley Passes Away: His (Arun Jaitley) demise is an unbearable loss to the workers of BJP. As a student leader, he was jailed for 19 months during the emergency. As a Member of Parliament, he always raised the voice of the people and acted as a crusader against corruption, Union Home Minister Amit Shah told reporters. He added,” Whenever I faced trouble in my life, Arun Jaitley ji stood by me. Today he is not with us anymore, I pray to the almighty to give peace to the departed soul and give strength to his family and BJP workers, to cope with this loss.

  • 7:32 PM IST

    Arun Jaitley Passes Away: Former PM Dr Manmohan Singh, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, pay tribute to former Finance Minister who passed away earlier today.

  • 7:02 PM IST
    Arun Jaitley Passes Away: The nation will never forget his contribution, he was an asset to the party, the government when he was part of it, and the country. He is not with us anymore, I pay tribute to him, said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
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    Arun Jaitley Passes Away: Besides Haryana, Uttarakhand will also observe one-day state mourning following the demise of former Finance Minister.
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    Arun Jaitley Passes Away The Manohar Lal Khattar-led Haryana government has decided to observe a two-day state mourning as a mark of respect to former Finance Minister

  • 6:11 PM IST
    Arun Jaitley Passes Away: I am sorry to hear about Mr Arun Jaitley’s passing. My condolences to his family and friends. May he rest in peace,” tweeted Congress leader Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi: Former finance minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday passed away at AIIMS Delhi. He was 66.

The 66-year-old Jaitley was admitted to AIIMS on August 9 after he complained of breathless and restlessness. Over the last few days, several leaders like President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and several other ministers visited Delhi AIIMS.

When the reports last came in on August 19, the hospital said that the senior BJP leader was on Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and Intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) support.

On Monday, BJP veteran L K Advani, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, UP Governor Anandiben Patel, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Delhi LG Anil Baijal and BJP lawmaker Maneka Gandhi visited the hospital to know about Jaitley’s health.

Jaitley had battled several health concerns. Twice, he had to take a break as Finance Minister, including earlier this year when he didn’t the interim budget. Both times, union minister Piyush Goyal was given the charge of the Finance Ministry.

Jaitley, who was diabetic, was considered as a ‘chief trouble-shooter’ for Prime Minister Narendra Modi during latter’s first term in office. Besides Finance, he also held the Defence portfolio for a short stint. Due to ill health, he didn’t contest the Lok Sabha elections earlier this year and requested the Prime Minister, after his re-election, to not include him in his new Cabinet.