Veteran BJP leader and former finance minister Arun Jaitley passed away on Saturday, August 24. He was 66.
He had been admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on August 9 after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness. He was since being treated by a multidisciplinary team of doctors.
For the last several days he had been on life support, the hospital sources told.
Mr Jaitley had decided against remaining in politics following the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as he had cited ill-health. He had been diagnosed with kidney ailments earlier.
Leaders from all corners of the polity began offering tributes to the political stalwart that he was.
Besides, famous celebrities from Bollywood including Karan Johar, Varun Dhawan and Kangana Ranaut called his death “a huge loss”.
Meanwhile, members of the cricket fraternity condoled his death including Virendra Sehwag, Shikhar Dhawan as well cricketer turned politician Gautam Gambhir.
He had served as the President of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) between 1999-2013. Further, he was also associated with the BCCI.
Here’s how the political players paid him tribute:
Extremely saddened by the passing of Shri 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.
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 24, 2019
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!
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 24, 2019
I am deeply saddened by the demise of Shri Arun Jaitley ji. His untimely demise is a personal loss for me. I have lost not only a senior leader of the organization but also an integral member of the family, whose support and guidance I have been receiving for years.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) August 24, 2019
I am sorry to hear about Mr Arun Jaitley’s passing. My condolences to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 24, 2019
Arun Jaitley Ji’s demise is a huge loss to the nation. He was a brilliant lawyer and parliamentarian, whom I personally admired and from whom I have derived immense learning.
— Jyotiraditya M. Scindia (@JM_Scindia) August 24, 2019
From the entertainment industry:
#RIPArunJaitley … the nation mourns a strong and assured leader today….thoughts and prayers with his family and loved ones….🙏🙏🙏
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) August 24, 2019
Deeply saddened and shocked to hear the demise of #ArunJaitley sir. We have lost one of the prominent leaders today. My prayers are with his family and loved ones.
— Sanjay Dutt (@duttsanjay) August 24, 2019
“Disheartened to hear about #ArunJaitley Ji’s demise. He will always be remembered as a dynamic visionary who was instrumental in shaping new India. Om Shanti 🙏” : #KanganaRanaut pic.twitter.com/5U15Cq0ued
— Team Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) August 24, 2019
From the cricket fraternity:
But under his leadership at the DDCA, many players including me got a chance to represent India. He listened to needs of the players & was a problem solver. Personally shared a very beautiful relationship with him. My thoughts & prayers are with his family & loved ones. Om Shanti https://t.co/Kl4NpprR6W
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 24, 2019
RIP #ArunJaitley Ji.. My sincere condolences to your family and loved ones 🙏
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) August 24, 2019