NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid his heartfelt tributes to his long-time friend and party colleague Arun Jaitley, who died at the age of 66 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.
PM Modi, who is currently in UAE, spoke with Jaitley’s wife and son, who insisted that he should not cut short his foreign visit, according to news agency ANI.
In a series of tweets, the PM called Jaitley a political stalwart, towering intelligent and a sensible person with a good sense of humour.
With the demise of Arun Jaitley Ji, I have lost a valued friend, whom I have had the honour of knowing for decades. His insight on issues and nuanced understanding of matters had very few parallels. He lived well, leaving us all with innumerable happy memories. We will miss him!
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.
During his long political career, Arun Jaitley Ji held multiple ministerial responsibilities, which enabled him to contribute towards India’s economic growth, strengthening our defence capabilities, creating people friendly laws and enhancing trade with other nations.
Full of life, blessed with wit, a great sense of humour and charisma, Arun Jaitley Ji was admired by people across all sections of society. He was multi-faceted, having impeccable knowledge about India’s Constitution, history, public policy, governance and administration.