BJP Leader, Politician, and Ex-Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had passed away at the age of 66 in AIIMS, New Delhi. The man was an important member of BJP for over 2 decades and has served in the Office in different roles from 2000 to 2018.
Arun Jaitley was practicing law from 1987 before being designated a senior advocate by the Delhi High Court. He stopped practicing law in 2009 to fulfill his duties as the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha. Arun Jaitley served as the Minister of Broadcasting from 1999-2000 and 2014-2016. He was the Minister of Law and Justice from 2000 to 2002 and from 2003-2004.
He was the Minister of Defence from May 2014 to November 2014 and again from March 2017 to September 2017. His longest term in the office was as the Minister of Corporate Affairs and the Minister of Finance from 2014 to 2019. He was also the leader of the house, Rajya Sabha in this term.
Arun Jaitley, while being an active member of BJP for over 3 decades had never participated in any direct election till 2014. In 2014, he was the BJP candidate from Amritsar but lost to INC Candidate Amarinder Singh.
He was a good friend of Narendra Modi for over four decades and was PM Modi’s confidant all through his political career. PM Narendra Modi was in Bahrain during the demise of Arun Jaitley. While addressing the Indian community there, Modi mentioned that he had a lost a good friend.
Arun Jaitley was diagnosed with a rare form of Soft Tissue Sarcoma in February 2019. He previously had a coronary artery bypass surgery in 2005, a gastric bypass surgery in 2014, and a kidney transplant surgery in 2018. He was admitted in AIIMS on August 9th after he complained of breathlessness and was reportedly on life support from 17th of August. By 24th August his health deteriorated further, and he passed away at 12:07 PM. He was cremated at Nigam Bodh Ghat on 25th August with full state honors.