Former Minister Of Finance Arun Jaitley No More; Condolences Pour From All Quarters

arun jaitley is no more

Veteran BJP leader and former Finance Minister of India, Arun Jaitley is no more. He died on Saturday, 24th August at the age of 66 in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi where he was admitted on August 9th at around 10 am. Jaitley was undergoing treatment at the Cardio-Neuro-Centre of the hospital since then after he complained of restlessness and breathlessness. 

In its brief statement, AIIMS said, “It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Arun Jaitley.” 


Indian PM, Home Minister, Defense Minister Visited Jaitley

The prime minister of India, Narendra Modi paid a visit to AIIMS and met Jaitley prior to going on his abroad trip. Similarly, other members of the cabinet including the current Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Lok Sabha Speaker, Om Birla, Home  Minister Amit Shah, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Chobey, and Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan visited Jaitley to enquire about his health in the last few days.  

Jaitley was admitted earlier this year in May at AIIMS for treatment. He opted out of the Lok Sabha elections this year due to failing health. On May 14, Jaitley underwent a renal transplant during which time Piyush Goyal filled in for him as the finance minister. The lawyer by profession stopped attending office from early April 2018 but returned to the ministry office on August 23, 2018. 

He had undergone bariatric surgery in September 2014 to correct his weight problem gained due to a long-standing diabetic condition.


Condolences Pour In

Jaitley was an important part of the Modi government in its first term and held the prominent defense and finance portfolios. He was the chief troubleshooter for the then government.