Former finance minister Arun Jaitley passes away


NEW DELHI: Senior BJP leader and former finance minister Arun Jaitley died on Saturday at AIIMS.

66-year-old Jaitley was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here on August 9.

According to a brief statement from the hospital, Jaitley died at 12.07 pm.

He was on life support and was treated by a multi-disciplinary team of senior doctors.

As per the report, Jaitley will be cremated on Sunday afternoon at the Nigambodh Ghat.

His body will be taken to his Kailash Colony residence after formalities are completed at the hospital and 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. From BJP headquarters, it will be taken to the Nigambodh Ghat for the last rites.

Jaitley, a lawyer by profession, had been a key member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet in the BJP government's first term. He held the finance and defence portfolios.

However, he did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election, because of his ill-health.

In May this year, Jaitley was admitted to AIIMS for treatment and had undergone a renal transplant on May 14.

Jaitley, who had stopped attending office since early April last year, was back in the finance ministry on August 23, 2018.

Railways Minister Piyush Goyal filling in for him in the finance ministry at that time.


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