PM Modi paying tributes to Arun Jaitley in Bahrain said, “The friend with whom I walked together in public life, embarked on the political journey together.”
New Delhi| Former Finance Minister of India and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Arun Jaitley died on Saturday. The whole country is mourning his death. Jaitley’s demise has sent the entire nation in a wave of grief. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also remembered his “dear friend” paying tribute to him on foreign soil.
PM Modi is currently on a tri-nation visit. On Saturday, he was in Bahrain when the news of Arun Jaitley’s death came out. But, he paid his tribute to the departed leader during his address to the Indian community. 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.”
My friend Arun Jaitley loved India, loved his party and loved being among people.
It is upsetting and unbelievable that a person I have known since our youth is no longer in our midst.
I pay my tributes to him. pic.twitter.com/lFkCXxfxqS
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 24, 2019
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’s final rites to be held at Nigam Bodh Ghat today
Former Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley died on Saturday at AIIMS Hospital in Delhi. Jaitley was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on August 9, after breathing troubles. However, he breathed his last on Saturday afternoon. His body is now kept at BJP headquarters for people to pay their last respects. After this, his final rites will be conducted at Nigam Bodh Ghat at 2.30 on Sunday.