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Former finance minister Arun Jaitley passes away at 66

Former finance minister Arun Jaitley passed away on Saturday (August 24) at the age of 66. The BJP stalwart has been unwell for a long time and was admitted at Delhi’s AIIMS from August 9.

In 2018, Jaitley underwent a kidney transplant surgery, following which he was put under isolation. Earlier in 2014, the former minister underwent a bariatric surgery to address the excess weight he had gained due to diabetes.

Arun Jaitley was known to be PM Narendra Modi’s ‘go-to’ man and would be given temporary responsibilities to handle other ministeries apart from his primary portfolio. As finance minister, Jaitley was in charge to create Modi’s budget plans. Before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, he had personally written to the PM to not be given any responsibilities as he wanted to focus on his health.

A student leader of his time, Jaitley was a lawyer by profession. He is survived by his wife and two children.

BJP and other party leaders offered their condolences to Jaitley’s family by posting heartfelt messages on Twitter.

PM Narendra Modi posted:

 

Calling it a personal loss Amit Shah wrote:

Assam’s Himanta Biswa Sarma bowing down to his reverence said:

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee also posted about Jaitley:

https://twitter.com/MamataOfficial/status/1165161852395053056

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