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Arun Jaitley funeral HIGHLIGHTS: Former Union minister cremated with full state honours

Arun Jaitley Funeral HIGHLIGHTS: Earlier in the day, his body was taken to the BJP headquarters from where it was carried in a flower-decked gun carriage to the cremation ground, amidst slogans of 'Jaitley ji amar rahein' (long live Jaitley).

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 25, 2019 9:40:44 pm
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Arun Jaitley Funeral HIGHLIGHTS: Former union minister Arun Jaitley, who passed away at AIIMS in Delhi after prolonged illness was cremated Sunday afternoon at the Nigambodh Ghat. Earlier in the day, his body was taken to the BJP headquarters from where it was carried in a flower-decked gun carriage to the cremation ground, amidst slogans of ‘Jaitley ji amar rahein’ (long live Jaitley).

The 66-year-old senior BJP leader, who had been battling multiple health issues for some time and was rushed to the hospital on August 9, passed away just after noon on Saturday. He is survived by his wife and two children.

As finance minister, Jaitley had ushered in India’s biggest tax reforms and was the chief trouble-shooter of the BJP and the Narendra Modi-led government. Leaders across the political spectrum paid rich tributes to the former finance minister and hailed him for his contribution to the growth of the party and the nation.

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Former Union minister Arun Jaitley will be cremated at Nigambodh Ghat in Delhi today. Follow HIGHLIGHTS here.

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    16:53 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    Party workers remember Jaitley

    "I used to go to his house with a party leader. He was a very decent and friendly person who hardly said no to any request of help by party workers," said Dildar Hussain, a BJP worker from the Jama Masjid area.

    Raj Kishore, a BJP worker from Jharkhand's Giridih, waited outside the BJP office to pay homage to a "sober politician who never hurt anyone with his words or deeds".

    "His conduct and his manners were impeccable. I have heard several stories about how he helped ordinary party workers whenever they approached him," Kishore said. (PTI)

    15:36 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    Visuals from Nigambodh Ghat

    (Express photos by Abhinav Saha)
    15:20 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    Former union minister Arun Jaitley cremated with full state honours

    Former union minister Arun Jaitley, who passed away at AIIMS in Delhi after prolonged illness was cremated Sunday afternoon at the Nigambodh Ghat. Earlier today, his body was kept at the party headquarters for three hours for the public to pay their respects. 

    (ANI)
    14:22 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    Naidu, Rajnath, Amit Shah arrive at Nigambodh ghat

    Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, Rajnath Singh and Amit Shah at Nigambodh Ghat.

    14:05 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    Arun Jaitley's mortal remains arrive at Nigambodh Ghat

    The mortal remains have arrived at Nigambodh Ghat. 

    13:54 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    See photos: Mortal remains taken to Nigambodh Ghat

    Mortal remains of Jaitley being taken to Nigambodh Ghat where the cremation will take place.

    13:33 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    Arun Jaitley's body being taken to Nigambodh Ghat

    The mortal remains of former Jaitley has been taken to the Nigambodh Ghat from the BJP headquarters in a flower-decked gun carriage, amidst chants of 'Jaitley ji amar rahein' (long live Jaitley). The last rites will be performed around 2.30 pm with full State honours, a senior BJP leader.

    13:31 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    Himachal govt announces two-day mourning

    The Himachal Pradesh government has announced a two-day state mourning over the demise of Arun Jaitley, ANI reported.

    13:16 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    Will always feel his absence, says Vijay Rupani

    Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said the BJP would seek his strategy whenever there was an election in the state. "He has been a Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat. We have won several elections in the state by working on his strategy. We will always feel his absence," Rupani told reporters.

    13:09 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    Jaitley's loss irreparable: Harsh Vardhan

    "Jaitley's loss is irreparable and he will always be remembered for his contribution," Harsh Vardhan said.

    13:01 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    Great speaker, parliamentarian: Najma Heptulla

    Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla, Union ministers Prakash Javadekar, Piyush Goyal and Anurag Thakur, and several BJP leaders and AAP's Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh also paid their last respect to Jaitley. "He was a great speaker and parliamentarian and his death is a huge loss to the country and the party. Whenever the party used to face any problem, his advice would be sought," an emotional Heptulla told reporters.

    12:56 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    ‘From one room to big party office, we expanded due to Jaitley Sahib’s efforts’

    Former Amritsar Mayor Bakshi Ram Arora spoke to Jaitley over the phone a day before he was admitted to the AIIMS. Arora was president of Amritsar unit of the BJP in 2007 when Jaitley became in-charge of party affairs in Punjab. “He had a special love for the city because he had relatives here and had many old memories. He was fluent in Punjabi and it helped him in connecting with party workers. He owned a house in Amritsar after he decided to contest from the city. I had selected that house for him," Arora said. Click here to read more.

    12:37 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    Harsh Vardhan, Piyush Goyal, Raghubar Das pay respects to Arun Jaitley

    Union Ministers Harsh Vardhan and Piyush Goyal and Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das also paid their respects to the veteran BJP leader.

    12:31 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    Flower-decked gun carriage to carry mortal remains to cremation site

    A flower-decked gun carriage will carry the mortal remains of the Union minister from the BJP office to the cremation site. Jaitley's body wrapped in the national flag was brought to the BJP headquarters located on the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg in the national capital from his Kailash Colony residence.

    12:22 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    Rajnath Singh pays tribute to Arun Jaitley

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also paid his tributes to the veteran leader.

    12:19 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    Last rites of Jaitley to be performed around 2.30 pm

    Jaitley's body was brought to the BJP headquarters located on the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg here from his Kailash Colony residence. The body will be taken to the Nigambodh Ghat on the banks of the Yamuna river for performing the last rites around 2.30 pm with full State honours, a senior BJP leader said, PTI reported.

    12:04 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    President Ram Nath Kovind pays tribute to Arun Jaitley

    On Saturday, the body was kept at his residence where President Ram Nath Kovind, Amit Shah and several leaders across the political spectrum offered floral tributes to the former Union minister. Shah on Saturday said Jaitley was a crusader against corruption and credited him for taking the Jan Dhan Yojana to the masses, demonetisation and the successful implementation of the GST.

    11:45 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    IndiGo issues travel advisory in Delhi over Jaitley's funeral

    Private carrier IndiGo has issued a travel advisory for passengers travelling from the national capital owing to the funeral procession at the BJP headquarters. "Heavy traffic is expected in Delhi today as our former finance minister Mr Arun Jaitley, will be cremated this afternoon. Do keep time in hand while travelling to the airport. As we bid farewell to this outstanding parliamentarian, our prayers go out to his family and friends," the airline tweeted.

    11:40 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    Guide to young lawyers, he had ‘uncanny ability to simplify legal arguments’

    Jaitley’s contributions to law came both from his four-decade-long political stint and his career in law. A graduate of Campus Law Centre, Delhi University, Jaitley started practicing law in 1977. He was designated a senior advocate in 1990 and had a short one-year stint as the Additional Solicitor General in 1990. “Since he was in public life, Jaitley had the uncanny ability to simplify complex legal arguments. That made him appealing to any judge,” senior advocate Siddharth Luthra said.

    11:27 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    BJP workers queue up outside party headquarters to pay respects to Arun Jaitley

    According to PTI, BJP workers and mourners are queued up in large numbers outside the party headquarters to pay their last respects to the leader. Outside the party office, people chanted "Jab tak suraj chand rahega Jaitley tera naam rahega" (Your name will endure as long as the Sun and the Moon exist)" and 'Jaitley ji amar rahe' (You live long forever). 

    11:12 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    Amit Shah, Nadda pay respects to Arun Jaitley

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah and National Working President of Bharatiya Janata Party, JP Nadda, pay respects to Arun Jaitley at the party headquarters.

    11:10 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    Last rites of Jaitley to be performed around 2.30 pm

    Jaitley's body was brought to the BJP headquarters located on the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg here from his Kailash Colony residence. The body will be taken to the Nigambodh Ghat on the banks of the Yamuna river for performing the last rites around 2.30 pm with full State honours, a senior BJP leader said, PTI reported.

    11:06 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    Jaitley's body arrive at BJP headquarters in Delhi

    Jaitley's body arrived at the BJP headquarters this morning.

    11:03 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    Mortal remains of Arun Jaitley arrive at BJP headquarters

    The mortal remains of Arun Jaitley have arrived at the BJP headquarters.

    10:50 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    Arun Jaitley: Mentor to the young, MP who helped UPA govt on nuclear Bill

    Arun Jaitley, as Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, did not hesitate to extend his drafting skills to the then UPA government when it was struggling to clear the nuclear liability Bill, crucial for carrying out the India-US nuclear deal. Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, who was handling the Bill as Minister of State in the PMO, recalled that Jaitley had “kept aside the hard stand advocated by some in his party” to help the government in a “national cause”. Chavan told The Sunday Express: “When the government was struggling with the clause on nuclear accident liability (it did not have the numbers, as the Left was against it), I approached the BJP. I went to Arun Jaitley and told him (that) it’s important for the country, and we had worked hard to reach this point. He looked at the draft and made some changes to make it acceptable to more (parties). We modified the Bill, and the BJP supported it.”

    10:44 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    Arun Jaitley hoped to pull through till end

    Arun Jaitley had cheated death so often that many of us believed till the last that he would pull through. Despite recurring bouts of ill health, he had earlier fought back while retaining his courage, humour, sharp memory and abiding interest in every aspect of life. Jaitley seldom let on that he was battling a series of crippling medical conditions, writes Coomi Kapoor. Click here, to read more.

    10:21 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    Devendra Fadnavis recalls Jaitley as ‘world-class lawyer’

    Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Saturday expressed grief at the demise of the veteran BJP leader and remembered him as a “brilliant, world-class lawyer”. “Jaitley ji played a very significant role in taking on the Opposition’s corruption, which led to the grand victory of party under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership in 2014 Lok Sabha elections… Whether it was 2G scam or Commonwealth scam, there were series of cases which exposed the Opposition and credit goes to Jaitley ji…” he said.

    09:58 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    Shivraj Singh Chouhan arrives to pay tribute to Arun Jaitley


    Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan outside Arun Jaitley's house. (Express photo/Prem Nath Pandey)

    09:55 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    Chandrababu Naidu arrives at Jaitley's residence


    Former Andhra Pradesh chief minister and TDP leader Chandrababu Naidu at Jaitley's residence on Sunday. (Express photo/Prem Nath Pandey)

    09:50 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    Political leaders arrive at Jaitley's house


    BJP leader Ram Madhav arrives at Arun Jaitley's residence. (Express photo/Prem Nath Pandey)

    09:42 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    Mortal remains of Jaitley taken to BJP headquarters

    The mortal remains of BJP leader Arun Jaitley is now being taken to the BJP headquarter.

    09:36 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    British envoy to India arrives at Arun Jaitley's residence

    British High Commissioner to India, Sir Dominic Asquith, arrives at Arun Jaitley's residence in Delhi.

    09:30 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    Jaitley was valued in Britain: Envoy

    British High Commissioner to India, Sir Dominic Asquith, said: He was a man that many people in Britain treasured, knew well, worked with, valued him for his wisdom, gentleness and humour. He will be much missed.

    09:16 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    Political leaders arrive at Jaitley's house

    Senior Congress leader Motilal Vohra, NCP leaders Sharad Pawar and Praful Patel, RLD leader Ajit Singh and former Andhra Pradesh CM and TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu arrive at the residence of Arun Jaitley to pay their last respects to him.

    09:14 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    GST Council is a legacy that Arun Jaitley leaves behind

    Building a political consensus for the GST at the national level, and navigating the sensitivities of a federal polity by getting all states on board through the GST Council is a legacy that Jaitley leaves behind. Several critical decisions, including legislative drafting, rules drafting, notifications, fixing initial rates and rationalising these under the GST, were taken under his chairmanship of the GST Council, without voting.

    09:06 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    Arun Jaitley piloted two epic reforms: GST and bankruptcy code

    The former finance minister as left a lasting imprint on the economy as the structural reforms taken under his watch will have a wide-ranging impact in the years to come. Apart from a series of measures to enhance productivity of the Indian corporate sector, he was instrumental in the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), an indirect tax reform aimed at promoting seamless trade across the country.

    08:59 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    A man of open heart and mind, Arun Jaitley had friends across divide

    Jaitley, 66, was a man who touched the lives of most with whom he interacted. At the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, as news of his death spread, people from all walks of life — from ministers and tycoons to party workers, lawyers to family friends — wept openly as they crowded the corridors of the hospital to pay their last respects, with security at a minimum. The moist eyes and ashen faces in the spheres in which he once held sway — the courts, Parliament, the cricket fraternity, the media, the Lodhi Gardens, the world of commerce, the corridors of power, BJP offices — reflect the universal affection in which he was held. A lawyer who has fought many legal battles against Jaitley’s government told me at the hospital today, “He was the last good man in politics.’’He was one of the most generous men I knew, ever ready to extend a helping hand, writes journalist Coomi Kapoor. Click here to read more.

    08:52 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    Arun Jaitley's demise big loss for BJP

    In a blow for the BJP, Arun Jaitley’s loss comes close on the heels of the death of Sushma Swaraj, another veteran BJP Delhi hand. Addressing a gathering of members of the Indian community at the Bahrain National Stadium too, PM Modi brought up Jaitley, saying, “I cannot imagine that I am here in Bahrain while my dear friend Arun Jaitley is no more.”

    08:48 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    Arun Jaitley: BJP's trusted troubleshooter

    While the former student leader had been a staunch Congress critic throughout his political career, Jaitley was also the one the BJP tapped for reaching out to other parties. A skillful strategist, an eloquent orator, a delightful raconteur, and a trained lawyer, he was the prime troubleshooter for his party — who took the BJP to drawing rooms across the country long before its electoral juggernaut did. With the advent of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, this made him the prime bridge between his BJP and Lutyens Delhi.

    08:36 (IST)25 Aug 2019
    Jaitley's body to be brought at BJP headquarters at 10.30 am

    The body of the former Union minister will be kept at the BJP headquarters from 10.30 am onwards for the public to pay their tributes, the party announced on Twitter.

    arun jaitley, arun jaitley news, arun jaitley latest news, arun jaitley funeral, arun jaitley funeral video, arun jaitley funeral live, arun jaitley news, arun jaitley news in hindi, arun jaitley dead, arun jaitley age, arun jaitley family, arun jaitley latest news in hindi Arun Jaitley is survived by his wife Sangeeta and two children Rohan and Sonali. (Express photo/Praveen Khanna)

    In a brief statement on Saturday, AIIMS said former Union finance minister Arun Jaitley breathed his last at 12.07 pm. He was admitted to the hospital on August 9 following complaint of breathing difficulty.

    Known as a consensus builder, Jaitley was the BJP's man for all seasons and acted as the key strategist for Narendra Modi government in its first term. He helmed the finance, defence, corporate affairs and information and broadcasting ministries.

    Jaitley became a trusted friend of Narendra Modi as he smoothened the path for the Gujarat leader's rise in the BJP by helping him win key allies. He played an instrumental role in implementation of Modi's various ambitious schemes and programmes after the BJP came to power in May 2014.