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I’ve Lost A Valued Friend, Whom I’ve Known For Decades: Narendra Modi

Mumbai: The former Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley at the age of 66 took his last breath on Saturday at the All India Institute Of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. The BJP leader was rushed to AIIMS on 9th august owing to his complaints of breathlessness and restlessness. The Indian Prime Minister wrote a series of tweets expressing his sadness at the loss of his years-long friend.

The Indian Prime Minister who is now in France for the G7 summit said that deceased Jaitley Ji was a great Indian politician and an articulated leader. He expressed his condolences to the late Jaitley ji’s wife and son.

“Arun Jaitley Ji was a political giant, towering intellectual and legal luminary. He was an articulate leader who made a lasting contribution to India. His passing away is very saddening. Spoke to his wife Sangeeta Ji as well as son Rohan, and expressed condolences. Om Shanti.” Narendra Modi tweeted.

The late Arun Jaitley had a good rapport with everyone in the parliament and was respected by people in all sections of the societies. He had served as the Finance Minister of the country from the year 2014 to 2019 during Narendra Modi’s Prime Ministership. He dropped the Finance Minister position due to his health issues in January of this year. He was succeeded by Nirmala Sitharaman.

Narendra Modi in another tweet said, “Full of life, blessed with wit, a great sense of humour and charisma, Arun Jaitley Ji was admired by people across all sections of society. He was multi-faceted, having impeccable knowledge about India’s Constitution, history, public policy, governance and administration.”

He had served the country for a long time in different ways. He was also a defence minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Law and justice and others. His political journey has been long and equally glorious.

The PM also said that he has been an important aspect of strengthening India’s growth and defence capabilities.

“During his long political career, Arun Jaitley Ji held multiple ministerial responsibilities, which enabled him to contribute towards India’s economic growth, strengthening our defence capabilities, creating people-friendly laws and enhancing trade with other nations,” PM said.

The PM further tweeted, “BJP and Arun Jaitley Ji had an unbreakable bond. As a fiery student leader, he was at the forefront of protecting our democracy during the Emergency. He became a much-liked face of our Party, who could articulate the Party programmes and ideology to a wide spectrum of society.”

“With the demise of Arun Jaitley Ji, I have lost a valued friend, whom I have had the honour of knowing for decades. His insight on issues and nuanced understanding of matters had very few parallels. He lived well, leaving us all with innumerable happy memories. We will miss him!”

The late Jaitley Ji has played a vital role in shaping BJP and the BJP politicians into capable politicians. For some, he was a mentor, a friend and just an important person in their lives.

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