New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave his first reaction after former Finance Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley passed away on Saturday in AIIMS, New Delhi.

PM Modi took to Twitter saying Arun Jaitley 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,” wrote PM Modi.

Modi said that Jaitley was full of life, blessed with wit, a great sense of humour and charisma and he was admired by people across all sections of society.

“He was multi-faceted, having impeccable knowledge about India’s Constitution, history, public policy, governance and administration,” he wrote.

“With the demise of Arun Jaitley Ji, I have lost a valued friend, whom I have had the honour of knowing for decades. His insight on issues and nuanced understanding of matters had very few parallels. He lived well, leaving us all with innumerable happy memories. We will miss him!” tweeted PM Modi.