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HIGHLIGHTS: Arun Jaitley to be cremated at Nigambodh Ghat on Sunday

Arun Jaitley Death News Live Updates: Jaitley, 66, was admitted to AIIMS in Delhi on August 9 after he complained of palpitations and restlessness. He was placed under observation at the hospital’s Cardio-Neuro Centre.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 25, 2019 9:33:15 am
arun jaitley, arun jaitley latest news, arun jaitley death news, arun jaitley health, arun jaitley age, arun jaitley death news, arun jaitley dead, arun jaitley health update, arun jaitley live news, arun jaitley latest news, arun jaitley death rumours Former Union finance minister Arun Jaitley will be cremated on Sunday at 4 pm at the Nigambodh Ghat. (Express photo: Renuka Puri)

Former finance minister and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley passed away at Delhi’s AIIMS Saturday after battling multiple health issues for the last several months. Jaitley, 66, was admitted to hospital on August 9 after he complained of palpitations and restlessness. In a brief statement, the hospital said the BJP leader died at 12.07 pm. He is survived by his wife Sangeeta and two children Rohan and Sonali.

Expressing grief over the demise of “a political giant, towering intellectual and legal luminary”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in UAE, tweeted, “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. We will miss him!” See rare photos from Express archives

The former Union minister will be cremated on Sunday at 4 pm at the Nigambodh Ghat, BJP leader Sudhanshu Mittal said. On Sunday morning at 10 am, his body will be taken to the BJP headquarters from his residence where leaders across the political spectrum are expected to pay their last respects. Read latest news in Malayalam, Tamil, Bangla

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00:29 (IST)25 Aug 2019
Voice of the people, crusader against corruption: Amit Shah pays homage to Jaitley

"The pain of losing Arun Jaitley is unbearable for the entire country and the BJP workers. Since the 1970s Shri Arun Jaitley has worked in the political field of this country. During the Emergency he was in jail for 19 months as a student leader. "As a brilliant advocate in the Supreme Court he dealt with a lot of public issues through law, raised his voice in many corruption cases. He has had a huge contribution. Even as an MP he had been voice of the people and a crusader against corruption," Shah said.

23:23 (IST)24 Aug 2019
PM Modi pays emotional tribute to "dear friend" Jaitley

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid an emotional tribute to Arun Jaitley, saying he cannot imagine that he was far away from India in Bahrain while his dear friend and party colleague passed away in New Delhi. "I cannot imagine that I am here in Bahrain while my dear friend Arun Jaitley is no more," Prime Minister Modi said.

20:37 (IST)24 Aug 2019
Congress leaders pay tributes to Arun Jaitley

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, and Jyotiraditya Scindia paid tributes to former finance minister Arun Jaitley.

(Express Photos by Praveen Khanna)

19:53 (IST)24 Aug 2019
President Kovind pays tributes to Arun Jaitley

President Ram Nath Koving pays tributes to former finance minister Arun Jaitley at his residence in Delhi's Kailash Colony

19:19 (IST)24 Aug 2019
Former President Pranab Mukherjee condoles the death of Arun Jaitley

Former President of India Pranab Mukherjee condoled the death of former finance minister Arun Jaitley. In a letter addressed to Jaitley's wife, he wrote, "I have lost a personal, much admired younger friend, and the country has lost an outstanding lawyer, an eminent parliamentarian, a powerful orator, and an excellent human being." "May the almighty give you, Sonali and Rohan the strength to bear this huge loss and peace to the departed soul," his letter added.

18:29 (IST)24 Aug 2019
Rajnath Singh pays tributes to Arun Jaitley

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh pays his tributes to former finance minister Arun Jaitley

18:22 (IST)24 Aug 2019
LK Advani leaves after paying tributes to Arun Jaitley

Veteran BJP leader LK Advani leaves after paying tributes to former finance minister Arun Jaitley

Express Photo by Praveen Khanna
18:09 (IST)24 Aug 2019
Amit Shah pays tributes to Arun Jaitley

Home Minister Amit Shah pays tributes to former finance minister Arun Jaitley at the latter's Delhi residence.

17:54 (IST)24 Aug 2019
Rahul Gandhi condoles death of Arun Jaitley

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi condoles the death of former finance minister Arun Jaitley

17:52 (IST)24 Aug 2019
Kuber Bhandari, adopted village of Arun Jaitley, mourns his death

Shops in Kuber Bhandari, the adopted village of former finance minister Arun Jaitley, remained closed as the village mourned the death of the leader.

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17:40 (IST)24 Aug 2019
US Ambassador to India Ken Juster condoles the demise of Arun Jaitley

US Ambassador to India Ken Juster mourned the death of former finance minister Arun Jaitley. "He was a great statesman and a strong proponent of the U.S.-India relationship," he tweeted.

17:34 (IST)24 Aug 2019
Ravi Shankar Prasad, Yogi Adityanath, Arvind Kejriwal reach Arun Jaitley's residence

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia arrived at former finance minister Arun Jaitley's residence in Delhi's Kailash Colony.

(Express Photos by Praveen Khanna)

17:29 (IST)24 Aug 2019
'Arun Jaitley was always more than just a finance minister,' writes Sunil Jain

"Arun Jaitley was always more than just a finance minister. At different times, in different BJP governments, he’s been a defence minister, a law minister, a corporate affairs minister, and at all times, even if informally on occasion – thanks to a great relationship with most in the media – he’s been the information minister, prime minister Narendra Modi’s chief trouble-shooter," writes Sunil Jain. Read more

17:07 (IST)24 Aug 2019
Arun Jaitley: BJP govt’s go-to man who built political consensus for GST

Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley left a lasting imprint on the economy as structural reforms taken under his watch will continue to have wide-ranging impact in the years to come. Starting from the year 1998, when he first became a minister, Jaitley has consistently been the government’s go-to man during any crisis and the public face of the administration. Read more

16:54 (IST)24 Aug 2019
President Kovind arrives at Arun Jaitley's residence

President Ram Nath Kovind arrives at former finance minister Arun Jaitley's residence in Delhi's Kailash Colony

Express Photo by Aaron Pereira
16:26 (IST)24 Aug 2019
Arun Jaitley's last rites to be performed tomorrow at 4 pm

Former finance minister Arun Jaitley's last rites will be performed at the Nigambodh Ghat Sunday at 4 pm. Jaitley, 66, passed away on Saturday after being admitted to AIIMS since August 9, after he complained of palpitations and restlessness.

16:22 (IST)24 Aug 2019
Watch: Amit Shah arrives at Arun Jaitley's residence

Watch: Home Minister Amit Shah reaches Arun Jaitley's residence.

16:11 (IST)24 Aug 2019
Amit Shah reaches Arun Jaitley's residence

Home Minister Amit Shah reaches former finance minister Arun Jaitley's residence.

Express Photo by Praveen Khanna
16:05 (IST)24 Aug 2019
'His contribution to public life will be remembered forever': Sonia Gandhi condoles Jaitley's death

Congress president Sonia Gandhi condoled the death of former finance minister Arun Jaitley and said that he had a long innings as a public figure, parliamentarian, and minister. "Congress President Smt. Gandhi has expressed deep pain and distress at the untimely passing away of Shri Arun Jaitley. Condoling his death she said that Shri Jaitley had a long innings as a public figure, Parliamentarian and Minister and his contributions to public life will forever be remembered," read the full statement that appeared on Congress Twitter handle. Read more

15:57 (IST)24 Aug 2019
Watch: Mortal remains of Arun Jaitley reach his Kailash Colony residence

Watch: Mortal remains of former finance minister Arun Jaitley reach his residence in Delhi's Kailash Colony

arun jaitley, arun jaitley latest news, arun jaitley health, arun jaitley age, arun jaitley death news, arun jaitley dead, arun jaitley health update, arun jaitley live news, arun jaitley latest news, arun jaitley death rumours Arun Jaitley's initiation into politics took place in 1991 when he became a member of the national executive of the BJP and later became the party's spokesperson in 1999. (Express archive)

In 2018, Jaitley underwent a kidney transplant at AIIMS. In a tweet on April 6, 2018, he had said: “I am being treated for kidney-related problems & certain infections that I have contracted.” In September 2014, he had undergone bariatric surgery because of a long-standing diabetic condition.

Born in Delhi in December 1952, Jaitley completed his schooling from St. Xaviers, Delhi and went on to pursue further education in Sri Ram College of Commerce, before completing his law degree from Delhi University. Prior to joining politics he was a practicing lawyer and had worked on the Bofors scandal.

Jaitley's initiation into politics took place in 1991 when became a member of the national executive of the BJP and he later became the party's spokesperson in 1999. He later took over as the Minister of State, Department of Information and Broadcasting and also Ministry of Law, Justice and Company Affairs. He became a member of the Rajya Sabha for the first time in 2000 from Gujarat.

Before taking on the finance ministerial post in 2014, Jaitley was also the vice president of the BCCI from the north zone.

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