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Arun Jaitley: Mentor to the young, MP who helped UPA govt on nuclear Bill

Jaitley set the line for the party’s spokespersons for nearly two decades. From his days as a party spokesperson, he gave the final draft of the party’s stand to its talking heads.

Arun Jaitley, Arun Jaitley dead, Arun jaitley funeral, Jaitley passes away, arun jaitley cremation, arun jaitley news During the sharply contested battle on the Lokpal Bill in 2011, Arun Jaitley led the Opposition side. (Express photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi)

A legal mind with astute skills in drafting legislation, 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”. Arun Jaitley funeral LIVE UPDATES

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.”

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