Bhubaneswar: Tributes poured in from across the country for former finance minister Arun Jaitley who passed away today at the age of 66. The senior BJP leader breathed his last at AIIMS, New Delhi where he was undergoing treatment for several weeks.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is currently in UAE, remembered Jaitley as his valued friend. Modi said Jaitley and BJP shared an unbreakable bond.
BJP and Arun Jaitley Ji had an unbreakable bond. As a fiery student leader, he was at 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.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 24, 2019
Condoling the death of Arun Jaitley, President Ram Nath Kovind said he was extremely saddened.
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
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said Jaitley’s death was a personal loss for him.
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
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who cut short his Lucknow visit, described Arun Jaitley as an asset to the nation and the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Arun Jaitley ji served the nation in several capacities and he was an asset to the government and the party organisation.
He always had a deep and clear understanding of the issues of the day. His knowledge and articulation won him several friends.
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) August 24, 2019
Nitin Gadkari said Arun Jaitley will be remembered by the country for years to come.
निशब्द हूं, अरुण जी को मेरी भावभीनी श्रद्धांजलि। देश को उनकी कमी हमेशा खलेगी। राज्यसभा में पक्ष और विपक्ष में रहते उनके दिए भाषण हमेशा चिरन्तन रहेंगे।
— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) August 24, 2019
Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien remembered Arun Jaitley as his mentor.
Polar opposite in ideology; across the floor in Rajya Sabha, occasional duellist in the media. And yet. He was my mentor in my early years in Parliament, advisor about the tenor of debates. An Opponent and a Gentleman. Mr Arun Jaitley. Gone, too soon
— Derek O'Brien | ডেরেক ও’ব্রায়েন (@derekobrienmp) August 24, 2019
Union minister Smriti Irani condoled the death of former Finance Minister calling him a stalwart who served the nation and his ‘sangathan’ (organisation) with “dedication and zeal”.
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.
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) August 24, 2019
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor remembered the veteran BJP leader and said, “Deeply saddened by the tragic passing of my friend and Delhi University senior Arun Jaitley.”
Deeply saddened by the tragic passing of my friend&DelhiUniv senior @arunjaitley. We first met when he was at DUSU& I was President of StStephen’sCollegeUnion. Despite political differences we enjoyed a healthy mutual respect&debated his Budget often in LS. A great loss4India pic.twitter.com/RzxO1V6NTV
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) August 24, 2019
Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal condoled the demise of Arun Jaitley calling the former minister as an old friend and a dear colleague.
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 match . He always stood steadfastly for his friends and for his party .
— Kapil Sibal (@KapilSibal) August 24, 2019
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman paid rich tributes to Union minister Arun Jaitley, describing him as a mentor with matchless astuteness.
No words can describe the loss of Shri @arunjaitley. A mentor to many of us, a guide and a moral support and strength. Have learnt so much from him. A fine large-hearted person. Always ready to help anyone/everyone. His intelligence, sagacity, astuteness have no match.
— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) August 24, 2019
Several Bollywood personalities also expressed grief and paid tribute to former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
Shatrughan Sinha tweeted that Jaitley’s absence will be truly missed.
leadership & wisdom. Prayers with his family, friends & supporters. May they find the strength in these difficult times. Your absence will be truly missed. May his soul rest in peace.🕉
— Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) August 24, 2019
Karan Johar too mourned the loss of the former finance minister.
#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
Parineeti Chopra said the country has lost a “visionary and respectable leader”.
Saddened to hear we lost a visionary and respectable leader today #ArunJaitley ji. Thoughts and prayers to the family 🙏🏼
— Parineeti Chopra (@ParineetiChopra) August 24, 2019
Raveena Tandon tweeted that she was shocked and saddened to hear of the passing away of Arun Jaitley and prayed for strength to his family for bearing such an irreplaceable loss.
Shocked and saddened to hear of the passing away of #shriarunjaitley ji. 🙏🏻 May god give strength to his family to bear the irreplaceable loss. A good man gone too soon. 🙏🏻🕉🙏🏻
— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) August 24, 2019
Veteran Bollywood playback singer Lata Mangeshkar expressed condolences by calling Jaitley, a dynamic leader, a thorough gentleman.
Deeply saddened by the sad demise of Arun Jaitley ji.
A dynamic leader, a thorough gentleman and our former Finance Minister. Very kindly, he had come over to meet me and we spoke for a long time. Will cherish those memories. Heartfelt condolences to the family. pic.twitter.com/DIhrkgnKms
— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) August 24, 2019
Actor Anil Kapoor tweeted that Arun Jaitley’s demise is a huge loss for our nation.
Met Shri #ArunJaitley Ji almost 20 years back for the first time & have been his admirer ever since.
His demise is a huge loss for our nation.
Will be truly missed.
My heartfelt condolences to the family. 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/XsBXwQnpj0
— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) August 24, 2019
Writer Chetan Bhagat expressed sadness over the demise of former Union finance minister and said, “May your soul rest in peace. So many wonderful memories of someone who listened well spoke well and worked tirelessly.”
So sad to hear about the demise of @arunjaitley. May your soul rest in peace. So many wonderful memories of someone who listened well, spoke well and worked tirelessly. You will be missed. https://t.co/3A11RZe78D
— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) August 24, 2019
The sports fraternity came in unison to condole the demise of former finance minister Arun Jaitley.
Taking to his official Twitter handle, former Indian opener Virender Sehwag said that under the leadership of Jaitley at the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA), many players including him got a chance to represent India
Pained at the passing away of #ArunJaitley ji. Apart from having served greatly in public life , he played a huge role in many players from Delhi getting an opportunity to represent India. There was a time when not many players from Delhi got a chance at the highest level ..cont
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 24, 2019
Expressing his grief at the death of Jaitley, Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan tweeted,”RIP #ArunJaitley Ji.. My sincere condolences to your family and loved ones.”
RIP #ArunJaitley Ji.. My sincere condolences to your family and loved ones 🙏
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) August 24, 2019
Indian grappler Geeta Phogat also expressed her sadness on the untimely demise of former Union Minister Jaitley.
पूर्व केंद्रीय मंत्री श्री अरुण जेटली जी के असामयिक निधन की खबर बेहद दुःखद है। भगवान उनकी आत्मा को शांति प्रदान करें।#ArunJaitley
— geeta phogat (@geeta_phogat) August 24, 2019
As per officials sources, Arun Jaitley’s mortal remains will be kept at BJP headquarters on Sunday morning for people to pay their last respects. The final rites will be performed at Nigambodh Ghat later in the afternoon.