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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.

    Express Photo
    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

    15:49 (IST)24 Aug 2019
    Arun Jaitley's mortal remains being brought to his residence

    Former finance minister Arun Jaitley's mortal remains being brought to his Kailash colony residence.

    (Express photos by Aaron Pereira)

    15:45 (IST)24 Aug 2019
    BJP working president JP Nadda says Arun Jaitley will be cremated tomorrow

    BJP working president JP Nadda said former finance minister Arun Jaitley will be cremated tomorrow. His body will be kept at his Kailash Colony residence till 10 am on Sunday, from where it will be taken to the party headquarters and will be kept there so that leaders can pay homage. "The time is not confirmed till now, but his body will be cremated tomorrow," Nadda said. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to the family of Jaitley ji on a phone call and expressed his grief in this hard time," he added.

    15:31 (IST)24 Aug 2019
    Arun Jaitley's mortal remains taken to his residence from AIIMS

    Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's mortal remains being taken to his residence from AIIMS.

    Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal
    15:28 (IST)24 Aug 2019
    The country lost a nationalist-progressive leader, says Kamal Nath

    Mourning the loss of former Union Minister Arun Jaitley, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath said that the country had lost a nationalist and progressive leader today. "The country has lost a nationalist and progressive politician in Arun Jaitley. He was a legal luminary and a politician who used to put across his views on national issue frankly. I pray to God that his soul rests in peace and to give strength to his family members and citizens to cope with the loss," the chief minister said in a statement. (PTI)

    15:19 (IST)24 Aug 2019
    BJP owes Arun Jaitley for being what it is today: Kapil Sibal

    BJP owes Arun Jaitley for being what it is today, senior advocate and Congress leader Kapil Sibal told PTI.

    15:16 (IST)24 Aug 2019
    Personally, deeply saddened by Arun Jaitley's demise: CJI Ranjan Gogoi

    Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said with the demise of Arun Jaitley, the country has lost "an eminent senior advocate" and "a tall leader". "I am personally, deeply saddened by the passing of Arun Jaitley," the CJI told PTI. Justice Gogoi said on behalf of the country's judiciary, "I express my condolences to his family and pray for the noble soul to rest in peace."

    15:10 (IST)24 Aug 2019
    Manmohan Singh offers condolences to Arun Jaitley's family

    Former prime minister Manmohan Singh offered his condolences to Arun Jaitley's family in a letter addressed to the BJP leader's wife. "Shri Jaitley was an eminent lawyer, an excellent orator, a very good administrator and an outstanding Parliamentarian. In his death, our country has lost a great leader who always worked for the betterment of society. I take this opportunity to convey to you and other members of our family my heartfelt condolences on this bereavement. We pray to the Almighty to give all of you the strength to bear this great loss with courage and fortitude," he wrote.

    14:58 (IST)24 Aug 2019
    Arun Jaitley to be cremated on Sunday


    Funeral arrangements underway outside Jaitley's residence in Delhi. (Express photo/Aaron Pereira)

    14:56 (IST)24 Aug 2019
    Nirmala Sitharaman arrives at AIIMS hospital


    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also arrives at AIIMS hospital on Saturday. (Express photo/Astha Saxena)

    14:54 (IST)24 Aug 2019
    Crowd gathers outside AIIMS hospital


    The crowd outside AIIMS hospital in New Delhi. (Express photo/Tashi Tobgyal)

    14:52 (IST)24 Aug 2019
    Chandrababu Naidu remembers 'years of friendship' with Arun Jaitley

    "Devastated to learn about the passing away of Arun Jaitley ji. Truly cherish the many years of friendship shared with a humble leader who was also a great statesman. My deepest condolences to his family," TDP leader N Chandrababu tweeted.

    14:35 (IST)24 Aug 2019
    Jaitley to be cremated at Nigambodh Ghat on Sunday

    Arun Jaitley will be cremated on Sunday afternoon at the Nigambodh Ghat, BJP leader Sudhanshu Mittal said, PTI reported. Jaitley's body will be taken to his Kailash Colony residence after formalities are completed at the AIIMS. On Sunday morning, his body will be taken to the BJP headquarters where leaders across the political spectrum are expected to pay their last respects. From BJP headquarters, it will be taken to the Nigambodh Ghat for the last rites.

    14:32 (IST)24 Aug 2019
    Heavy traffic around AIIMS hospital in Delhi


    Traffic around AIIMS hospital in Delhi following the demise of former Union minister Arun Jaitley. (Express photo/Praveen Khanna)

    14:26 (IST)24 Aug 2019
    Arun Jaitley during Raksha Bandhan in 2018


    Arun Jaitley during Raksha Bandhan last year. (Facebook: Arun Jaitley)

    14:17 (IST)24 Aug 2019
    Arunachal CM Pema Khandu pays tribute to Arun Jaitley

    Ar"Deeply pained to hear about the sad demise of former Union Minister Arun Jaitley Ji. His passing away is a great loss to our country. An eloquent orator, a visionary leader, he had contributed immensely towards building New India. My deepest condolence to his family and loved ones!" Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu tweeted.

    14:13 (IST)24 Aug 2019
    Leader with deep intellect: Pranab Mukherjee remembers Arun Jaitley

    "Deeply saddened at the untimely passing away of Arun Jaitley. Visited him just day before and prayed for his speedy recovery. He was a leader with deep intellect and knowledge, and a voice of reason. He will be dearly missed. My prayers with his family, friends and admirers," former President Pranab Mukherjee said.

    14:07 (IST)24 Aug 2019
    Arun Jaitley with his family during Diwali in 2018


    Arun Jaitley with his family during Diwali celebrations at his residence last year. (Facebook/Arun Jaitley)

    14:01 (IST)24 Aug 2019
    PM Modi speaks to Arun Jaitley's wife, son

    Sources in the PMO told The Indian Express that there is no change in the Prime Minister's itinerary. When PM Modi spoke to Jaitley's wife and son to express his condolences, they insisted he does not cancel his current foreign tour, sources added.

    13:58 (IST)24 Aug 2019
    Arun Jaitley had long innings as public figure: Sonia Gandhi

    "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," Congress posted the condolence message on Twitter.

    13:55 (IST)24 Aug 2019
    Jharkhand CM pays tribute to Arun Jaitley

    "Saddened by Jaitley ji's demise; BJP family has lost one of its integral members today. I pray to the almighty to give peace to the departed soul and give strength to his family at this time of grief," Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das tweeted. Das has postponed all his programmes scheduled for today and tomorrow, ANI reported.

    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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