New Delhi, Aug 25 : Arun Jaitley, former Finance Minister and BJP veteran who died on Saturday,was cremated with state honours in Delhi this afternoon. Cutting across party lines, a number of political leaders paid their respects to him and attended the funeral.
Union Ministers Amit Shah, Harsh Vardhan, Rajnath Singh and Piyush Goyal, Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das and Bharatiya Janata Party National Working President J.P. Nadda were among those who paid homage to the departed leader at the party headquarters.
Former finance minister Arun Jaitley, a key strategist and a troubleshooter of the Narendra Modi government, was respected across party lines.
Top political leaders, cutting across party lines, paid rich tributes to Arun Jaitley, a key strategist and a troubleshooter of the Narendra Modi government.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in the UAE, said Mr Jaitley was a “political giant, towering intellectual and legal luminary.”
“Arun Jaitley Ji 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,” PM Modi tweeted.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who was stopped at the Srinagar airport and sent back to Delhi on Saturday, has condoled the death of Arun Jaitley. “I am sorry to hear about Mr Arun Jaitley’s passing. My condolences to his family and friends. May he rest in peace,” he tweeted.
Congress leader Kapil Sibal describes Arun Jaitley as a man who did not only understand politics but also breathed it. Jaitley was “an outstanding parliamentarian as leader of the opposition and none could match him”, added Sibal.
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi, while speaking to the media, said: “Arun Jaitley’s demise is a great loss to the BJP, the legal system which has lost an excellent advocate and the nation which has lost a matured and large-hearted person.” He added: “Jaitley ji had invited me to his house for a meeting at 6 pm on August 10. He used to meet two or three persons daily, not more than that. Unfortunately, that meeting could not take place as on August 9 he was admitted to AIIMS, from where he could not get out alive.”