Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid tribute to former Union Minister Arun Jaitley, who died last month, saying that “his life inspires us to work hard for the nation”.
While paying tribute, PM Narendra Modi said that journalists were very fond of him as he could give them in 8-10 minutes what they would otherwise take many hours to find out.
“The media was very fond of him. Because they (journalists) would get in 8-10 minutes if they met Arun Jaitley which would have otherwise taken them work of 8-10 hours. He would explain to them and tell them what is right and wrong. He was helpful to the media by and large,” Modi said at a ‘Shradhanjali Sabha’ here.
His life was full of diversity, he said, adding Jaitley would be aware of all the “latest thing” and things inside.
The Prime Minister said that Jaitley also worked for one-liners.
Former BJP President and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said that the party will always decide its own narrative on various issues.
Describing Jaitley as “very close friends,” Modi said he was “blessed with a lot of talent”.
“He was a multi-faceted personality. I miss his presence,” Modi said at a ‘tribute gathering’ held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
He said, “Jaitley ji had health-related illnesses, but if someone talked to him, he would be more concerned about the nation. He served with energy by serving the nation,” he said.