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Arun Jaitley passes away: BJP stalwart dies at 66, last rites to be held tomorrow

New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Senior BJP leader and former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley passed away on Saturday after suffering from kidney ailment. He was 66.

He was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on August 9 after he complained of palpitations and restlessness.

Here are the latest updates:

15:58 pm: Mortal remains of former Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley brought to his residence from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, where he passed away, earlier today.

15:39 pm: CJI Ranjan Gogoi: I am personally, deeply saddened by passing away of Arun Jaitley.

15:23 pm:

15:22 pm: RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das: Deeply saddened by the untimely demise of Shri Arun Jaitley. No words to describe the sense of grief. A great personality. Unique combination of extraordinary knowledge, sharpness of mind and wisdom.Above all a good human being. May his soul rest in peace.

15:07 pm: Nitin Gadkari: “I used to take his suggestions on various matters when I was BJP president. He was dedicated to the ideology of the party. His speeches in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha will be remembered by the people. His death is a loss to the entire nation, the government and the party.

15:01 pm: “He (Jaitley) made an indelible mark as the finance minister of the country during the Modi government’s 2014-19 tenure and brought on ground Modiji’s poor welfare vision and propelled India as the world’s fastest growing economy,” Shah tweeted.

“Be it the matter of taking action on black money, the matter of realizing the dream of ‘GST’, the matter of demonetisation or the relief of the common man, in every decision of his, the welfare of the country and the people of the country was visible. The country will always remember him for his very simple and sensitive personality,” he said in another tweet.

15:00 pm: Chinese envoy condoles Jaitley’s demise. “Sad to learn that former Finance Minister #ArunJaitley has passed away. My heartfelt condolences to the deceased and his family,” Sun tweeted

14:59 pm: Former cricketer Anil Kumble on Jaitley’s demise, “Deeply saddened by the untimely demise of Shri. Arun Jaitley. Fondly remember our conversations around cricket. His contributions in every field will remain unparalleled. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends”.

14:49 pm: Jaitley’s body will be taken to his Kailash Colony residence after formalities are completed at the AIIMS. On Sunday morning, his body will be taken to the BJP headquarters where leaders across the political spectrum are expected to pay their last respects.

14:48 pm: Gautam Gambhir: A father teaches u to speak but a father figure teaches u to talk. A father teaches u to walk but a father figure teaches u to march on. A father gives u a name but a father figure gives u an identity. A part of me is gone with my Father Figure Shri Arun Jaitley Ji. RIP Sir.

14:45 pm: Kiren Rijiju: Extremely saddened to learn the passing away of @arunjaitley ji. His death is a personal loss for me. Arun ji was a brilliant lawyer and a great parliamentarian. He will be missed & remembered for his warmth and wit. My heartfelt condolences to his family and supporters.

14:36 pm: Solicitor General Tushar Mehta: He will be remembered as a sane voice, a dependable friend, an intelligent statesman and a legal luminary whose sound legal advise was trusted by all persons in public life across the political divide.

14:20 pm: Attorney General KK Venugopal: His death is not only a loss for the country but also the legal community and his political party. We all will be missing him and his memory will last for a long future to come.

14:14 pm: Pranab Mukherjee: Deeply saddened at the untimely passing away of Shri Arun Jaitley. Visited him just day before and prayed for his speedy recovery. He was a leader with deep intellect and knowledge, and a voice of reason. He will be dearly missed. My prayers with his family, friends and admirers.

14:08 pm: Shashi Tharoor: Deeply saddened by the tragic passing of my friend and DelhiUniv senior @arunjaitley⁩. We first met when he was at DUSU and I was President of StStephen’sCollegeUnion. Despite political differences we enjoyed a healthy mutual respect and debated his Budget often in LS. A great loss for India

14:04 pm: Venkaiah Naidu: His death is an irreparable loss for the country and personally to me also. I have no words to express my grief. He was a powerful intellectual, an able administrator and a man of impeccable integrity.

14:03 pm: Sonia Gandhi: Arun Jaitley’s contribution will be forever remembered.

14:02 pm: S Jaishankar: Deeply grieved at the passing away of Shri Arun Jaitley ji. A towering political figure who influenced an entire generation. Will miss our discussions, on politics as much as cricket.

13:58 pm: The last rites of Arun Jaitley will be held tomorrow.

13:45 pm: Arvind Kejriwal: Untimely demise of former FM and senior leader Sh Arun Jaitley ji is a huge loss to the nation. A legal luminary and an experienced political leader known for his governance skills will be missed by the country. Thoughts and prayers with his family in this moment of grief. RIP

13:33 pm: French Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler: On behalf of France, I offer our heartfelt condolences to the family & loved ones of Arun Jaitley ji. France stands with India & its people in this time of deep grief.

13:25 pm: Kapil Sibal: Very sorry to learn that Arun Jaitley is no more. An old friend and a dear colleague will be remembered for his seminal contributions to the polity and as FM of India. As Leader of Opposition, he was without a match. He always stood steadfastly for his friends and for his party.

13:24 pm: President Ram Nath Kovind: Extremely saddened by the passing of Arun Jaitley after battling a long illness with fortitude and dignity. A brilliant lawyer, a seasoned parliamentarian, and a distinguished Minister, he contributed immensely to nation-building.

Shri Arun Jaitley possessed a unique ability of discharging the most onerous responsibility with poise, passion and studied understanding. His passing leaves a huge void in our public life and our intellectual ecosystem. Condolences to his family and associates

13:19 pm: PM Modi: 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.

13:16 pm: PM Modi: 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.

13:15 pm: Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu (in file pic) who was to leave from Chennai for Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, has cut short his visit and is returning to Delhi following the demise of former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

13:08 pm: Mamta Banerjee: Extremely saddened at the passing away of Arun Jaitley Ji, after a battle bravely borne. An outstanding Parliamentarian and a brilliant lawyer, appreciated across parties. His contribution to Indian polity will be remembered. My condolences to his wife, children, friends & admirers

13:03 pm: Congress: We are deeply saddened to hear the passing of Shri Arun Jaitley. Our condolences to his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this time of grief.

13:03 pm: Smriti Irani: A stalwart who paid tribute to his simple beginnings by helping those with meagre means . Orator par excellence, legal luminary @arunjaitley ji served the Nation and sangathan with dedication and zeal. My tributes to him. Condolences to loved ones. Om Shanti.

13:02 pm: Amit Shah: Deeply pained by the demise of Arun Jaitley ji. It is like a personal loss for me. I have not only lost a senior party leader but also an important family member who will forever be a guiding light for me.

12:57 pm: Rajnath Singh: Deeply anguished by the demise of my friend and an extremely valued colleague Shri Arun Jaitley ji. He was a proficient lawyer by profession and an efficient politician by passion. The BJP will miss Arunji’s presence. I extend my heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family.

12:52 pm: Jaitely, 66, was brought to the hospital after he complained of palpitations and restlessness. He was kept under observation at the Cardio-Neuro-Centre of the hospital, however, his condition deteriorated by the evening.

12:41 pm: Home Minister Amit Shah has cut short his visit to Hyderabad, and is returning to Delhi following passing away of former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

12:38 pm: Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has passed away at AIIMS

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