Arun Jaitley cremated with state honours

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was cremated with full state honours.


New Delhi| Senior BJP leader and former Union Minister Arun Jaitley was cremated with full state honours on Sunday. Jaitley’s final rites were conducted at Nigam Bodh Ghat. Senior BJP leaders and politicians from several parties thronged the venue to pay him their last respects. Home Minister Amit Shah, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, President Ramnath Kvind were present to bid him last goodbye. Arun Jaitley was cremated with full state honours.

On Saturday, his body was brought to his residence from the hospital. Today, it was taken to the BJP headquarters where several party leaders took his darshan for the last time.

“I lost my friend”: PM Modi

PM Modi said that my friend Arun went today. He said, “Bahrain, on one side, is full of excitement. The country is celebrating Krishna Janmashtami. At the same time, I am standing amongst you, hiding deep grief and deep pain within me.”

He added, “The friend with whom I walked together in public life, embarked on the political journey together, with whom I remained connected all the time, with whom I faced struggles, dreamt and fulfilled those dream, that friend Arun Jaitley, country’s former defence and finance minister, passed away today.”

“I can’t imagine that I am so far here while my friend has gone away. Some days ago, we lost our former External Affairs Minister Behen Sushma Ji. Today I have lost my friend Arun,” he added.

Arun Jaitley was admitted to AIIMS

Senior BJP leader and former Union Minister Arun Jaitley died on Saturday afternoon in AIIMS. He was 66. Jaitley was undergoing treatment at AIIMS for several weeks. AIIMS announced this in a brief statement. Jaitley was admitted to AIIMS on August 9 after complaining of difficulty in breathing and discomfort.

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