The nation couldn’t stop mourning at the demise of our Iron Lady, Sushma Swaraj, the day came with another major loss to the country. Arun Jaitley, the senior member of the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), and our former Finance Minister, who had been ailing for the past few years and was admitted to New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on August 9, breathed his last on August 24 at the age of 66.
As Jaitley was Union finance minister in the Narendra Modi-led government’s first term in power at the Centre. He also held the defence portfolio for a while.
Adept at working the levers of power, he has been Modi’s go-to man in New Delhi since the late 1990s, before deteriorating health put an end to his four-decade-long political career. A day before the Modi 2.0 government was sworn in, sadly Jaitley cited health issues while requesting the prime minister to let him stay out of the cabinet.
Jaitley, 66, was undergoing treatment at the hospital for several weeks. It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Arun Jaitley, the AIIMS said in a brief statement. He was rushed to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here on August 9 after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness, he was declared dead on 24 August.