Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave his first reaction after former Finance Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley passed away today afternoon. He took to Twitter saying Arun Jaitley 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,” wrote PM Modi.
Modi said that Jaitley was full of life, blessed with wit, a great sense of humour and charisma and he 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,” he wrote.
“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!”, he added.
PM Narendra Modi has spoken to Arun Jaitley’s wife and son, and expressed his condolences. Both of them insisted that PM does not cancel his current foreign tour. Prime Minister said that 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, he said.
During his long political career, Modi recalled that 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”, he added.