Former Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley dies aged 66

Daniel Fowler
August 24, 2019

Jaitley's urbane and articulate manner helped him win friends across party lines and industry, leading to the enactment of a bankruptcy code and a national goods and services tax law that had languished for nearly 20 years.

The statement read, "It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Shri Arun Jaitley, honourable Member of Parliament and former Finance minister, Government of India, at 12:07 PM on 24th August, 2019".

KT Rama Rao, working president of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) tweeted, "Extremely saddened to learn about the demise of Former Union Minister Sri Arun Jaitley Ji".

"I am deeply saddened by the death of Arun Jaitley, Jaitley's departure is a personal loss for me". I have no words to express my grief.

President Ram Nath Kovind said that Arun Jaitley passing away has left a huge void in public and intellectual ecosystem.

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Modi said on Twitter that Jaitley "was a political giant, towering intellectual and legal luminary". "Jaitley strove hard and burnt the midnight oil to bring about a consensus across the political spectrum in ushering the revolutionary GST regime in the country". Great parliamentarian and a top class lawyer of India had said once, there is no last date in politician's calendar.

The prime minister said that he had spoken to Jaitley's wife and son and expressed his condolences. My deepest condolences to his family. Jaitley was put on life support a few days ago after he remained critical for a couple of days. Our condolences to his family.

Former Union Minister of India and Attorney Arun Jaitley passed way today at a private hospital after being unwell for more than three weeks.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called Jaitley's untimely demise a huge loss for the nation. I have not only lost a senior party leader but also an important family member who will forever be a guiding light for me.

Congress MP, Shashi Tharoor, wrote "Deeply saddened by the tragic passing of my friend & Delhi University senior Arun Jaitley". An outstanding Parliamentarian & a brilliant lawyer, appreciated across parties. The BJP leader, who was unwell for two years, had undergone a kidney transplant at AIIMS in 2018.

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