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Former Union Minister Arun Jaitley passes away at 66

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on August 24, 2019 Published on August 24, 2019

Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley (66) passed away on Saturday noon after a prolonged illness at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

A statement from AIIMS said that Jaitley breathed his last at 12. 07 pm.

He was admitted in the Cardio Neuro centre at AIIMS and was on life support over the last month.

After he was wheeled in on August 9 to AIIMS, he developed health complications. Jaitley was having diabetes, had undergone a bariatric surgery, and later a transplant of the kidney. Recently he had developed cancer and was undergoing treatment for the same.

Last rites

Mortal remains of Jaitley will be kept at the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) office, Sunday morning and his last rites will occur in late afternoon.

He will be cremated at the Nigambodh Ghat, BJP leader Sudhanshu Mittal said.

Modi condoles

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoles death of former FM Arun Jaitley, describes him as towering intellectual.

Read more: PM Modi, leaders mourn Arun Jaitley's death

Jaitley was full of life, blessed with wit, a great sense of humour and charisma; I have lost a valued friend, says Modi on Jaitley’s death.

Jaitley was multi-faceted, having impeccable knowledge about Constitution, history, public policy, governance and administration, Modi added.

Modi, right now,  is on an official tour in UAE. According to the sources, the Prime Minister spoke to the the wife and son of Jaitley and expressed his condolences. Both of them insisted that he does not cancel his foreign tour.

-Inputs from PTI

Published on August 24, 2019
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