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LIVE updates: Former FM Arun Jaitley passes away; Last rites at 2 PM tomorrow

Arun Jaitley

Senior BJP leader and former Finance Minister of India, Arun Jaitley passed away on Saturday morning. He was admitted to AIIMS at around following complaints of Chest pain. He was 66 years old.

He had been admitted to the Cardio-Neuro centre of AIIMS. Reportedly, nephrologists were examining the former FM.

The health of former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who was admitted to AIIMS, deteriorated on August 23, hospital sources said, as reported by PTI.

Jaitley, 66, was hospitalized to AIIMS Delhi on August 9, after he suffered from breathlessness.

He was put on a ventilator in a week.

Several prominent leaders including President Ram Nath Kovind, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani, Jitendra Singh, Ram Vilas Paswan and Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Congress leaders Abhishek Singhvi and Jyotiraditya Scindia and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat have visited the hospital in recent days to enquire about Mr. Jaitley’s health and meet his family members.

 

6:00 PM

Last rites to be carried out at 2 PM tomorrow

 

5:30 PM

Leaders pay tribute

4:00 PM

Uttarakhand Government has declared state mourning

Uttarakhand Government has declared state mourning of a day following demise of Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley; the national flag will fly at half-mast.

 

3:45 PM

Mortal remains of Arun Jaitley brought to his residence, from AIIMS hospital

3:00 PM

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Arun Jaitley

“I am deeply pained at the sad demise of my brother and my mentor. He was always available for all of us with his sage advice. It is a great personal loss for me and my family”, he says.

2:30 PM

“A man of impeccable integrity”, says Vice President Venkaiah Naidu

“His death is an irreparable loss for the country and personally to me also. I have no words to express my grief. He was a powerful intellectual, an able administrator and a man of impeccable integrity”, he told news agency ANI.

 

2:15 PM

 

2:00 PM

PM Modi pays tribute to late Arun Jaitley, calls him “a political giant”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paid tribute to former FM Arun Jaitley who passed away earlier today, and called him “a political gaint”.

Taking to Twitter, Mr Modi wrote, “Arun Jaitley Ji was a political giant, towering intellectual and legal luminary. He was an articulate leader who made a lasting contribution to India. His passing away is very saddening. Spoke to his wife Sangeeta Ji as well as son Rohan, and expressed condolences. Om Shanti”.

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1:15 PM

Suresh Prabhu: “Arun Jaitley was an invaluable contribution”

12:55 PM

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh calls him, “an asset to the government”

 

12:50 PM

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal extends thoughts and prayers

 

12:45 PM

Legendary singer Asha Bhosale condoles the death

 

12:40 PM

Mamata Banerjee condoles death

 

12:35 PM

Smriti Irani condoles death

12:30 PM

Home Minister Amit Shah to take an urgent return flight to New Delhi from Hyderabad

 

12:20 PM

AIIMS releases statement

 

12:15 PM

Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley passes away aged 66

Arun Jaitley, the finance minister of India and a prominent leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, was born on December 28, 1952, in New Delhi. A lawyer by profession, he then joined politics full time. Arun Jaitley’s father Maharaj Kishan Jaitley was a noted lawyer. He did his schooling from St Xavier’s School in Delhi and graduated from Shri Ram College of Commerce. He then took a law degree in 1977.

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